Tell your PA lawmakers to keep guns out of our public schools
On Wednesday, April 19th at 9:30 am the PA Senate Education Committee will be voting on SB 383, a bill permitting school personnel to carry concealed firearms in our children's public schools. Some lawmakers are using our children's public schools to push an agenda that has nothing to do with improving education for students in PA.
If you don't want teachers and staff carrying concealed loaded guns in your community's public schools, call and email your legislators NOW and tell them to oppose SB 383 and to keep guns out of Pennsylvania's public schools.
There is NO evidence that arming school personnel increases school safety. In fact, the National School Safety and Security Services advises against arming teachers and school staff and has stated it is, "a high risk to the safety of students, teachers, and other school staff."
We only need to look to Chambersburg, PA to see how arming school personnel can be more dangerous than the harm it seeks to avoid. On August 25, 2016, a teacher at a private, Christian elementary school left her loaded gun on the back of a toilet in a one-stall restroom that she shared with students. At least four children ages 6 to 8 used that bathroom while her loaded gun was left unattended for 3 hours.
We believe public schools to be safe places for students and want to protect them from danger. We most strongly oppose allowing school personnel to carry firearms.
Sign and send this letter RIGHT NOW and tell your legislators to keep guns out of PA's public schools.