GCS board adopts resolution on school shootings

Board opposes arming teachers, calls on lawmakers to act

GREENSBORO — The Guilford County Board of Education called on lawmakers to strengthen laws and devote more resources to prevent further school shootings. The resolution was adopted by a vote of 6-2 at Thursday’s meeting.

GCS_logoThe resolution addresses multiple issues, including gun laws, enhancing security and proactive efforts to prevent individuals from becoming violent. It also states opposition to the idea of arming teachers.

Among the calls for action are:

  • Requiring and strengthening background checks prior to purchasing firearms;
  • Appropriating new funds to make building and technology alterations to better secure schools;
  • Appropriating additional funds for mental health services and personnel in schools; and
  • Reviewing and strengthening the nation’s mental health system and greater funding for community-based services and supports for individuals and families.

“A resolution provides a basis and a clear statement to the public about where the district stands on these issues,” said board chairman Alan Duncan. “The most important thing when our students go to school in the morning is that they come home safely, and that’s something we can all agree on.”

GCS joins districts around the country in adopting similar resolutions and reviewing their safety protocols in the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., shooting that took 17 lives on Feb. 14.

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