Board Approves Gun Violence Prevention Resolution

Resolution 01-18: In Support of Gun Violence Prevention
Posted on 03/02/2018
The Falls Church Superintendent and School Baord

During a Special Meeting March 2, 2018, the Falls Church School Board unanimously approved a Resolution calling on the Virginia General Assembly "to prioritize the protection of students and local government employees by passing legislation that more effectively regulates access to firearms in the interest of public safety."

The resolution, "01-18: In Support of Gun Violence Prevention," takes note of the 170 campus shootings at primary and secondary schools since the Columbine massacre in 1999. The result has been the loss of hundreds of student and school employee lives from "Columbine, to Virginia Tech, to Sandy Hook, to Parkland."

“(While) the responsibility for preventing gun violence incidents cannot be relegated to school districts and local government alone, localities should be given the tools to enact firearm policies that fit the needs of their communities," the Board declares.

Incorporated in its resolution, is support for Falls Church City Council’s recent action (Res. 2017-45) requesting state legislation to allow local governments to approve ordinances "prohibiting the possession of firearms and other dangerous weapons in any City owned or publicly leased property or facility."

The Board vows to continue to prioritize school safety, and take additional measures to protect our students and staff. These include an ongoing building security audit, implementation of the Superintendent’s proposed remediations, and an examination of more FCCPS "can do together with its students and staff, the community, Falls Church City Public Safety staff, and the City Council to enhance school safety and preparedness. (A)nd identify needs and required resources, including for both facility improvement and social/emotional support in a nation confronted with pervasive gun violence.”

Resolution 01-18: In Support of Gun Violence Prevention

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