Fairfax school board passes gun violence resolution

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Citing a “plague of gun violence” in schools, the Fairfax County School Board is demanding that lawmakers take additional steps to prevent it.

The board passed a resolution Thursday, calling on “the United States Congress and state legislatures, including the Virginia General Assembly, to prioritize the protection of students and school system employees by passing legislation that more effectively regulates access to firearms in the interest of public safety, funds public-health research on firearms-related issues, and advances mental health supports.”

The resolution cited school shootings that have taken the lives of hundreds of students and staff “…from Columbine to Virginia Tech to Sandy Hook to Parkland.” It listed statistics showing that more than 150,000 students attending more than 170 schools have experienced a shooting on their school campus since the Columbine High School massacre win 1999.

“Fairfax County Public Schools believes that the health and safety of our students and employees is our highest priority,” the resolution proclaims, “[but] the responsibility for preventing gun violence incidents cannot be relegated to school districts alone.”

 

 

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