Civil Rights Groups: School Safety Not Dependent on Guns
In a pre-emptive move against a school safety proposal from the National Rifle Association that is expected to include a call for more people trained and approved to carry guns at schools, a coalition of civil rights groups unveiled its own safety plan Thursday. It seeks the creation of positive school climates, thoughtful and comprehensive crisis plans, and improved safety features that don’t turn schools into fortresses.
Both plans—from groups not necessarily considered school safety experts—come as schools have been reworking safety and security measures after the deadliest shootings on a K-12 campus in U.S. history. The December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., took the lives of 20 1st graders and six employees.
The plan from the civil rights groups, which include the Advancement Project, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the NAACP, reiterates a message they sent soon after the shootings: Schools should not add armed officers to improve safety because, instead of protecting schools, the strategy could lead to more juvenile arrests for minor offenses...
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