Resolution 16-17-18 to Support Student and Community Safety

Resolution 16-17-18 to Support Student and Community Safety
Posted on 03/12/2018
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Dear SCCS Community:

On March 7, the Santa Cruz City Schools Board of Education approved Resolution 16-17-18 to Support Student and Community Safety.

In response to the more than 400 mass shootings our country has suffered since 2017, and with the belief that public schools have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for students and staff, the District brings forward this resolution in support of student and community safety:

Santa Cruz City Schools
Resolution 16-17-18 to Support Student and Community Safety

WHEREAS, mass school and community shootings continue to remind us that our children are the most precious and vulnerable members of our society; and

WHEREAS, since 2017, our country has suffered more than 400 mass shootings, an average of more than one a day; and

WHEREAS, public schools have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for students and staff, a responsibility shared by the larger community; and

WHEREAS, the unreported theft of guns increases the number of unregistered guns in our communities; and

WHEREAS, the State of California and the federal government have provided insufficient services and funding for assisting individuals with mental health disorders including students who engage in or are targets of bullying; and

WHEREAS, nationally, existing regulations do not cover many ways of obtaining guns, including such ways as purchase at gun shows, exchanges between individuals, gifts, and construction of home-made guns; and

WHEREAS, nationally, policies and legislation about gun regulation remain unresolved in many aspects such as background checks, interstate concealed-carry, the types of guns that may be obtained, the amount of ammunition that may be purchased, and the production and distribution of devices that turn guns into automatic weapons;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Santa Cruz City Schools Board of Education supports federal and state legislation that would ban the legal ability to purchase or obtain assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, to transport weapons for concealed-carry into other States, and to make or possess devices that turn guns into automatic weapons; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Santa Cruz City Schools Board of Education calls upon the federal government to enact laws that would develop a comprehensive and consistent process by which designated types of guns may be purchased or obtained and include requirements for universal background checks, gun registration, and reporting gun thefts; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Santa Cruz City Schools Board of Education calls upon the California State Legislature and federal government to strengthen laws that would help reduce access to guns by people who are determined to be a risk of harming themselves or others; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Santa Cruz City Schools Board of Education does not support guns on school campuses other than those carried by school resource officers or law enforcement officers; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Santa Cruz City Schools Board of Education supports efforts in schools, the community, the State of California, and nationally to provide training in conflict resolution; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Santa Cruz City Schools Board of Education calls upon the California State Legislature and the United States Congress to adequately fund mental health services and record-keeping systems in schools, relevant county and state departments, and the armed services, to aid in the identification of people at high risk for committing violent acts; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Santa Cruz City Schools Board of Education calls upon the California State Legislature and the United States Congress to adequately fund mental health services to treat and rehabilitate persons identified to have the potential to commit violent acts; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Santa Cruz City Schools Board of Education calls upon the California State Legislature and the United States Congress to adequately fund counseling, mental health services, and provision of resources, for students, families, school teachers and staff, and affected communities, in the aftermath of gun threats and gun violence in schools.

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