Protect Our Children

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Hello, my name is Jacqueline Velez. I am a 26 year old mother of an incredible 5 year old girl. Needless to say, she is my everything. And I am pretty sure all parents can agree with me on that statement. With that being said, I am writing you all, my fellow Americans and believers in change, to say that I believe that our school systems need metal detectors. Yes, every single school. My little girl is going into elementary school this coming year and it is gut wrenching to think that i fear for her safety while she is there. It has been only a few days since the worse United States shooting of all time, 4 years since Sandy Hook, and 9 years since the Virginia Tech shooting. These tragedies haunt me as a parent almost 24/7. What more peace of mind for our little ones and us parents do we need than to know that any deadly weapons will be seized and handled BEFORE they are able to get inside and close to our children? Yes, after major tragedies we clean up our act and get on top of being more aware of violent predators, but lets face it after some time passes we forget to stay aware. Security guards and police officers (no disrespect to them and our law enforcement) dont have 1,000 eyes to see everything all the time everywhere. Metal detectors will at least HELP our law enforcement catch what the bad people dont want us to see....their weapons. IMAGINE DOORS THAT LOCK AUTOMATICALLY WHEN A METAL DETECTOR GOES OFF... SAFETY AT ITS BEST. Something needs to change, and I genuinely feel like metal detectors at each entrance and exit of our schools and colleges would make a dramatic difference in the safety of our children, at least while they are out of our watch. If there is no budget for it, it should be made. WE MUST PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS LITTLE ANGELS.. Please, please sign this petition and help us get this to the National School Boards Association so they can hear my......OUR plea. I know this wasn't a long petition, but I have faith that i am not the only parent, mother, or American that feels this way. Thank you for taking the time out to read this. - JV



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