The school also says it’s “antithetical” to arm its teachers.
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THE GOOD NEWS:
Over a hundred Washington D.C.-area schools are imploring Congress and the president to take action against gun violence.
It’s a little more than a month after the deadly shooting that killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Faced with government inaction, administrators across the nation are looking for ways to protect their students and themselves from another deadly rampage.
One school in Potomac, Maryland, is uniquely qualified to help in the fight against mass shootings: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. President Trump’s 11-year-old son, Barron, began attending the school last year.
On March 14, St. Andrew’s was one of over 100 schools in the Greater Washington, D.C., and Maryland area whose head administrators signed an open letter directed at the president and Congress to help tackle the gun-violence epidemic. The letter was published on March 14 in The Baltimore Sun.
“We urge our president, our Congress and our state leaders to enact specific, rigorous measures to reduce gun violence in our society, particularly in our schools,” the letter read, continuing:
“We need a robust system of registration and background checks, with a particular eye toward weapons capable of rapidly firing a vast number of deadly shots. We need stronger mental health services and more effective communication among agencies responsible for the well-being of children, adults and families. What we do not need is to arm our teachers with guns, which is dangerous and antithetical to our profession as educators.”
Just like the rest of America, D.C. lawmakers also have to take their kids to school in the morning and hope they return safely. Maybe if the president realizes his family is also at risk, he’ll actually take action.
Let’s hope Barron’s teacher slipped a copy of the letter in his backpack.
Read the entire letter in The Baltimore Sun.