White House Releases School Safety Proposal

white-houseIn the wake of December’s tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, school safety has become a hot-button issue. Last week, the White House released President Obama’s $150 million proposal, which aims to help the nation avert gun violence and improve school safety. The proposal states, “While no law or set of laws will end gun violence, it is clear that the American people want action. If even one child’s life can be saved, then we need to act. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love.”

The plan’s four-pronged approach includes: closing background check loopholes for those seeking to buy guns; eliminating military-style assault weapons; making schools safer; and increasing access to mental health services.

In order to make schools safer, the plan calls for increased security and “more nurturing school climates that help prevent school violence. Each school is different and should have the flexibility to address its most pressing needs.” You can read the full proposal here.

The Washington Post reports both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers are supporting the proposal. The biggest hurdle will come when it reaches Congress.

 

To learn more about how CHARACTER COUNTS! programs improve school safety by creating a culture of kindness and respect, click here.

 

8 thoughts on “White House Releases School Safety Proposal”

  1. Schools have been used by every unscrupulous politician to push the buttons that scare uninformed citizens by scare tactics that are nothing more than propaganda to push an agenda. The problem is not an inanimate object like a gun it is the morals of the person using the gun. Washington’s plan will not improve the safty of schools. If you lock the doors, bar the windows, put up a thousand cameras and give each student a body guard and it will not stop violence in schools or any other place. Higher morals, more kindness and a non agression policy against others is what is needed. A government that kills more innocent children and civilians in other countries than are killed in all the schools in the US combined cannot be trusted to keep our children safe in schools. When an agency has no qualms of killing children 6,000 miles from our view say they are concerned for the safty of your school children here don’t believe it. They have another agenda in mind unrelated to what they are saying up front.

  2. I would like to see something like making the weopons we own inaccessable to those should not be using them! Gun safes cost a lot less than the weapon or the ammo!

  3. I agree with David, it is not the law abiding citizens who are the problem (nor the inanimate object) and those are the only ones who are going to continue to follow the laws. A mother bought the guns in one case because she knew her son would not pass the background check. The drug dealers hanging outside the schools, the parents who don’t teach their kids about respect and certainly those with mental health issues are the problem. Most of those with mental health issues have never sought help so would pass the background check anyway…it is that straw that breaks the camel’s back and then they go crazy. No law in the land is going to make a parent teach their kids to respect others, teach them not to bully others or to not take drugs when they are the ones who think their kids do no wrong or showing the kids how to use the drugs. Wake up America…stop the hidden agendas. Follow/enforce the laws we already have!!!!

  4. David’s comments are 100% correct. There is just one thing I would add and that is the part where funds will go to INCREASING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. Before 1963, when President Kennedy signed the bill that placed ‘mental health’ services in every public school (including the pharmaceutical drugging of our youth and everyone they can get their hands on now) there were NO SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, THERE WERE NO RANDOM ACTS OF MURDER AND VIOLENCE IN OUR SOCIETY. THAT’S WHAT CHANGED!!!

  5. Please continue the moral based lessons of Character Counts. Pushing the faux ‘school safety’ gun grab issue pursued by liberals is not about morals. A morally grounded individual understands the concept of personal responsiblilty as set forth by our creator. It is not ‘character’ to collectively obey tyranny of man.

  6. It appears so disingenuous that the politicians are so concerned about our children yet Governor Cuomo of NY believes that late term abortion even days before the birth of a child is deemed legal or as in NJ 5 Supreme Court Justices ruled that a mother ingesting crack cocaine was not harming her baby that she would give birth to in a matter of days. Hypocrisy runs amok in this country–sickening–let’s talk about where does Character really Count???? Unborn children–no matter how close to birth–who are much more vulnerable than any other human being can be murdered in-vitro–why are we not talking about Character????

  7. This person is quite right. If any one has ever been to Israel, they’d see how far behind we are as a nation in understanding and effectively learning how to deal with such violence. While Israel is surrounded by enemies on all borders, necessitating such actions and precautions; the US is also surrounded by enemies at all of it’s borders. Tragically, our enemies are ourselves. I hope one day we learn from the Israelis and address security as rationally and wisely.

  8. Thank you for having the courage to post your thoughts, David. As an educator teaching in a 6th – 12th grade public school, I focus on character education as a primary tool to “keep our kids safe”. Our school culture and establishing a caring society are underlying concepts that will produce long term results for our schools and for our children. This will, as well, provide increased resilancy when their worlds are shaken by natural disasters and God forbid, bad people committing selfish acts.

    That said, I also teach gun safety to my students including what they should do if they are exposed to a gun. I teach, as you stated, that the gun is not the problem, bad people are. I also emphasize importance of protecting every American’s right to keep and bear arms.

    My personal experiences have convinced me that parents and students feel safer and better able to cope in a violent world when they know that their school has a “real” safety plan and provisions to combat aggressive individuals with equal aggression, if necessary. When the sheep need protection from the wolves, I pray that there are loving sheepdogs ready and empowered to protect the flock. Restricting guns and ammunition will not ensure that.

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