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Whereas, more than 150,000 students in at least 170 primary or secondary schools in the United States, including the 15 students killed on February 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, have experienced a campus shooting since 1999, when the first mass shooting at a U.S. public school killed 12 students and one teacher and injured 21 others at Columbine High School; and
Whereas, the children who have attended American public schools since 1999 have never known a world without school shootings; and
Whereas, the basic life needs of children, including feeling physically secure and protected, must be met for them to succeed in school and life; and Whereas, a vibrant, enriching and respectful school culture, where all students feel a sense of belonging and connection, is essential to school safety; and
Whereas, the Paradise Valley Unified School District Governing Board believes both the physical and mental well-being of our students and employees is critical to their ability to thrive; and
Whereas, the Paradise Valley Unified School District Governing Board has prioritized improving health supports and safety precautions to prevent gun violence and other acts of violence from occurring on campus; and
Whereas, the Paradise Valley Unified School District Governing Board believes the school employee’s role in campus safety and student well-being must not include carrying a gun or having access to one in their classroom or work area; and
Whereas, the responsibility for keeping students and staff safe on campus, including from gun violence, is a shared responsibility that cannot be borne by public schools alone, and requires support from the community, local and state public safety agencies, and policymakers at the local, state and federal levels;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Paradise Valley Unified School District Governing Board declares its support for the rights of students to express their feelings and needs regarding school shootings and safety;
And be it further resolved that the Paradise Valley Unified School District Governing Board calls upon:
Adopted by the governing board at a meeting held on March 22, 2018.
Mrs. Nancy Case
Governing Board President