I recently was sent a mailer from a candidate for office claiming that Curt Nisly was against protecting children as he was the only representative to vote against HB 1004 from 2019. That person never actually bothered to read the bill in its entirety.
This bill is a mandate by the state upon schools. The legislation prevents school districts from using this grant money to employ School Resource Officers or Law Enforcement Officers for the district. Would that be an issue here in this district? No because all the school districts in the 22nd district have fantastic communication between the schools and local law enforcement. Yet there are school districts throughout the state that have too few law enforcement officers to dedicate one to a school district or are too far away that would not be beneficial to schools in the crisis. And with the bill also mandating that schools hold an active shooter drill every year, it is important that law enforcement is involved in some manner. Prohibiting school districts from easier coordination with law enforcement is a hindrance to the safety of schools, and ultimately the children.
Further research into WHY the school safety fund was established shows that it was created to prevent gangs and other illegal activities from entering schools, which is another hindrance to the safety to the schools, and ultimately the children. Studying SEA 141 from 2016 (which Curt Nisly voted for) shows that the school safety fund was created to make schools safer for students, whether it be from illegal activities or from active shooters, yet the state won’t let school districts hire their own Student Resource Officers or Law Enforcement officers for the school district? How is that protecting children? The Indy Establishment candidate seems to believe that it will. Curt Nisly has the integrity to say that it does not.
Curt Nisly supports protecting children, and allowing school districts to use school safety funds in ways that they feel is beneficial to protect the children in schools, and not bend to the whims of the legislature.
This is the type of dirty politics I have come to expect out of the Indy establishment and they are attempting to use anyone who will work with them and not for us. Curt Nisly has a record of working for us and not for the Indy establishment, that is why I will continue to support Curt Nisly for State Representative in the Primary on June 2nd. I hope everyone else will do the same.