Children should not be systematically penalized because of gun violence. We have an ethical obligation to implement fair, evidence-based policy that places the burden of gun violence not on vulnerable children but on the adults who enable and profit from it.
The presence of armed guards where children and youth spend the bulk of their time runs counter-intuitive to education and to offering safe spaces for kids to learn and grow. Having armed guards or SROs at our schools has not proven to prevent gun violence and would set a dangerous precedent.
It has come to our attention that there is a petition circulating in support of armed guards/ SROs in and around our Stamford schools. With the above counter-petition, we are urging the Stamford Board of Education and Office of the Superintendent to consider alternative ideas to preventing gun violence.
Please read and sign this petition ASAP.
Then, please attend with us the next regular Stamford Board of Ed meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd, 5th floor. Public comment will be allowed.
We urge you to please attend this meeting to say NO to armed guards in our Stamford Public Schools.
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