Stoneman Douglas represents the 8th U.S. mass school shooting this year. As schools around the country seek ways to impose tougher security measures in the wake of this latest deadly school shooting, many are looking at neighboring urban districts for solutions, such as adding metal detectors and bag searches while others are considering arming teachers. Some are advocating for preventative measures in tackling the mental health issues that often pervade school shooters – adding more school psychologists, counselors, and professionals to help with special services.
Governor Rick Scott of Florida has called for a $500 million plan to overhaul safety in schools, including stronger gun purchase and possession restrictions for mentally ill individuals, stronger collaboration and communication between schools, law enforcement, and agencies that help children, and investment in emotional support and physical barriers at the schools. Simultaneously, survivors of the Parkland, Florida shooting have banned together to form the #NeverAgain movement, raising more than $3 million and demandingpolicy makerstake action to reduce gun violence.
But, will any of these measures actually prevent school shootings and make schools safer? What are the largest threats to the safety of students and school employees? And what is being done in the Mahoning Valley to ensure our schools remain sanctuaries for teaching and learning—and free of crime and violence?
Join us for a conversation with community leaders on school safety, preventing future gun violence, and the #NeverAgain movement.
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