Shouldwe arm our teach­ers?

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - Opinion -

As pres­i­dent of the League of WomenVot­ers of the Pa­los Or­land Area and un­der the aus­pices of the League ofWomen Vot­ers of Illi­nois, I am writ­ing to in­form your read­ers about a res­o­lu­tion be­fore the Illi­nois As­so­ci­a­tion of School Boards Con­fer­ence in­Novem­ber.

This is Res­o­lu­tion #2, to pro­vide firearms and train­ing to teach­ers and staff. If this res­o­lu­tion passes, the IASBwill ac­tively seek spon­sors and ad­vo­cate for leg­is­la­tion to arm teach­ers and school staff. We are rec­om­mend­ing that the del­e­gates vote no.

We­would like the pub­lic to be aware of some al­ter­na­tive, more pos­i­tive­ways to ad­dress this is­sue that can pro­vide sup­port aswell as safety for the stu­dents. For ex­am­ple:

Sup­port leg­is­la­tion that would fund school re­source of­fi­cers in all schools in Illi­nois. The of­fi­cer­works in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the school and the com­mu­nity as a re­source for safety and se­cu­rity is­sues and can be ac­tively in­volved in a threat as­sess­ment team that iden­ti­fies high risk stu­dents and chan­nels them for ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment.

If costs are a pro­hib­i­tive fac­tor, then con­sider sup­port­ing leg­is­la­tion that­would fund me­tal de­tec­tors in all schools in Illi­nois, an ap­proach that is far safer than the in­tro­duc­tion of firearms which can con­trib­ute to ac­ci­den­tal deaths.

Elaine Sav­age, pres­i­dent, League ofWomen Vot­ers of the Pa­los Or­landArea

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