A response to recent incidents has caused San Francisco Schools to take a strong stand against guns and gun violence.
The Board of Education is considering a resolution that calls for support of gun control policies, and communicate information about gun buyback events. There are also plans to expand classroom lessons on violence prevention and support gun safety practices with families.
The resolution will also support students who have encountered other types of violence.
Recent incidents that have affected students in San Francisco include a fatal stabbing of a 14 year old boy and the shooting death of a youth outreach worker in front of a crowd of children that included his own son. “Many of our schools have been dealing with the aftereffects of these incidents in the past few months,” said Board of Education Commissioner Matt Haney. “As a school district, we have a responsibility to our kids and families to ensure that they are supported when these kinds of incidents occur.”
Among 15 to 24 year olds, homicides are the leading cause of death in the area. According to San Francisco’s Adolescent Health Working Group, youth homicide is nearly twice as high as the rest of California.