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Students don't feel safe in schools

Oregon was home to one of our nation's first school shootings in 1998. So why have we waited 20 years to just now start discussing safety?

State of Safety, a new Oregon gun-safety advocacy group, conducted a statewide survey of 600 parents and 400 teachers of K-12 students. What their poll found only confirmed what we already know: an overwhelming majority of teachers and parents feel safe storage would reduce gun violence in schools.

Oregon was home to one of our nation's first school shootings in 1998. So why have we waited 20 years to just now start discussing safety?

State of Safety, a new Oregon gun-safety advocacy group, conducted a statewide survey of 600 parents and 400 teachers of K-12 students. What their poll found only confirmed what we already know: an overwhelming majority of teachers and parents feel safe storage would reduce gun violence in schools.

The poll also found that anxiety about a school shooting in their own classrooms is harming student learning. Most respondents gave high marks to improving access to counseling and mental health services, expanding anti-bullying programs, efforts to fight student harassment, and limiting entry to schools.

Gun safety advocates and responsible gun owners agree: safe storage save lives. Even the NRA instructs its members to “Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons." So, if parents and educators fear school shootings and it's affecting student learning, why are we so reluctant to take action? We must do everything in our power to stop these shootings!

Stand with us and chip. It's time to put our students first.

Henry

Posted on September 25, 2018.