Call to Action: Keep Guns Off Campus KHSD Board Meeting 11/17/16, 12:30pm
The Kern High School District Board of Trustees is having a meeting to consider enacting a proposal which would allow the Superintendent to select CCW permit-holding teachers and other staff to carry firearms on high school campuses.
Please join DHF and the Kern Education Justice Collaborative in showing opposition to this dangerous proposal. More guns on campus will NOT help our students graduate and get ready for college and a career. Make a statement by wearing SAFETY ORANGE.
When: Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Where: Kern High School District
5801 Sundale Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93309
The DHF and KEJC have also launched a petition asking KHSD to remain a gun-free school zone, which we intend to present at the next board meeting. Sign our petition to let KHSD Trustees know you want guns off of our campuses.
Sign the petition at tinyurl.com/NoGunsKHSD
KHSD recently passed a policy allowing non-staff Carrying Concealed Weapons (CCW) permit-holders on school grounds with the permission of the Superintendent, a policy the DHF and KEJC vehemently opposed, the Kern High School District Board of Trustees are now This policy would put over 37,000 students at risk, and would do nothing to make campuses safer.
KHSD already has a police force that is properly trained in the use of firearms. Putting more guns on campus only threatens to create more problems than it solves. Research shows that having ready access to guns increases the risk of homicide and injury by accidental discharge. Gun violence disproportionately affects students of color and the KHSD is a racially diverse school district with some campuses having ethnic minority populations of 89% or more. It will also increase liability costs. Allocations toward insurance companies will be taken from general funds and away from classroom instruction.