Place metal detectors/more permanent police staffing in our school for our safety.
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On February 21, 2018, a threat was made on social media from a person who threatened to start a school shooting at "SHS" (which could involve any school in Clark County with these initials.) Unfortunately, our school is one of the schools that meet these criteria. This is not the first time that the school has been subject to the threats of a shooting, bombing, or other mass tragedy. This is one of many times that this has happened within the span of a few years.
In response, only now have we been afforded the luxury of guaranteed police support, as often there is a very small police presence at the school and the elementary buildings. Due to this threat, there have been sweeping promises of 'heavy police presence' at the school, which we feel should be a consistent measure in order to guarantee the safety for each and every student. According to U.S. News, the population of the high school is 624, and the middle school additions make this number much higher.
It is a major flaw in the system that these hundreds/1,000+ kids are only supported by 1 Student Resource Officer. Multiple tragedies in schools across the nation have highlighted the necessity for more than one trained official in the school to help coordinate and shut down the events that are taking place.
Solution We Search For
To be crystal clear - we want to solve a security problem within our school district. We encourage our student body to sign this petition to be submitted to the school district in order for them to see our clear desire for a safer school environment for all. We hereby request for metal detectors to be included with renovations of Shawnee High School and for construction of the new buildings adjacent to the school. We hereby request for a more strong and coordinated police presence at our schools. We hereby request for the Clark Shawnee Local School District to revise their strategy for an active shooter situation and to solidify it with any new information possible. We hereby request for the administration to allow the student body the right to speak out on these issues in order to create a positive change, protected by the references provided at the end of this message:
References to Supreme Court rulings on student rights to free speech, alongside our Constitutional rights that are applicable.
- Tinker vs. Des Moines Independent Community School District
- First Amendment to the United States Constitution
- Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution
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