BILLERICA, MA — In a unanimous vote this week, the Shawsheen Valley Vocational Technical District school committee has joined the call for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) and the National School Board Association (NSBA) to unite school boards across the country in lobbying for sane gun laws.
In a letter to MASC dated February 27, 2018, the committee asked MASC and NSBA to “develop strategies to be used by local and state school boards across the country to lobby state legislators and the legislative branch of our government for sane gun laws.”
Shawsheen Tech committee chair Attorney Robert Peterson also wrote, “The issue that we should all agree on is the safety of our school children. That issue is a non-negotiable starting point.”
School districts across Massachusetts and the nation have seen a rise in gun-related threats as well as school shootings in recent years. Students, parents, and education leaders across the nation has been galvanized by the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida to call for legislative support.
“Security has become a paramount concern for all of us,” said Shawsheen Tech superintendent-director Tim Broadrick, “School boards and administrators have been working on this for years. Police forces have developed elaborate crisis response plans in cooperation with schools across the country. For two decades, every working family of school-aged children has been concerned for our children’s safety.”
“But, the conditions that lead to these threats are not merely school issues,” Broadrick continued, “These are societal issues, and it is about time our political leaders made the concerns of American families the concerns of government.”
MASC Executive Director Glenn Koocher reported that MASC and NSBA have already developed position papers on school safety and gun control laws. The organizations have seen an uptick in demands like this from school committees since the Parkland, Florida school shooting last month. Representative members of MASC will be attending the NSBA national conference in San Antonio this April, where members hope to build further unity on this issue.
Peterson and the Shawsheen Tech committee’s letter to Koocher and MASC concluded: “It is time for this country to put a stop to automatic assault rifles being available to slaughter people. The students in Florida have shown us great maturity and leadership. It is time for the adults to demonstrate the same.”
Read the Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s letter HERE.
Read the MASC’s response letter HERE.
(NOTE: The above press release is from Shawsheen Tech.)
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