4J School Board addresses gun violence in schools

"There's been talk nationwide to arm teachers and we are opposed to that," said Eileen Nittler, the 4J School Board Chair.

Posted: May 16, 2018 7:37 PM
Updated: May 16, 2018 7:47 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The 4J School Board is getting ready to vote on a new resolution aimed at reducing gun violence in schools, both locally and across the country.

This resolution comes after the tragic shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida about three months ago.

The resolution addresses several different points that they're hoping could be part of a long-term solution towards addressing gun violence. It includes increasing mental health services for youth, like access to counseling.

It also includes making the school buildings safer, by adding gates around them (something that may be part of a possible bond measure on the November ballot).

The resolution also states they're against arming teachers.

"There's been talk nationwide to arm teachers and we are opposed to that. The research does not bear out the idea that having armed staff at a school makes the school safer so we are stating in our resolution that we are opposed to arming teachers." said Eileen Nittler, the 4J School Board Chair. 

She said the purpose of the resolution is to state what the board would like to see happen; it does not address policy. The board will be voting on it at Wednesday's meeting.

For more information on the resolution, click here.

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