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gun violence

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Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Pennsylvania Department of Education, North Penn School District, Montgomery County Judicial System

North Penn School District Response to Terroristic Threats

On December 13th, 2019 an 8th grade student at Pennfield Middle School threatened to "shoot up" the school.  This is the student's 2nd terroristic threat against the school, which included a list of students identified by the 8th grader.  As concerned parents and community members, we are demanding that the following actions occur, in an effort to ensure the safety and emotional wellbeing of our children and the staff of the North Penn School District: Criminal prosecution of the identified student, based on repeated terroristic threats against Pennfield Middle School. Permanent expulsion of the identified student from the North Penn School District.    Revision of the 2020 North Penn School District Secondary Disciplinary Structure Code of Conduct related to Level IV misconduct, to identify permanent expulsion and criminal prosecution as an explicit response to terroristic threats  In Pennsylvania, terroristic threats are considered a criminal offense, as defined by 18 Pa.C.S.A. 2706 (https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/18/00.027.006.000..HTM In September of 2019, a teenager in Luzerne County, PA was prosecuted and found guilty after making a similar terroristic threat against his school.  (https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-student-beat-the-record-school-shooting-threat-20190913-ntftevgawzdfzlgfkhfnxxbkoi-story.html  The North Penn School District, PA Department of Education and Montgomery County Judicial System must take drastic preventative measures to protect innocent students and staff and to deter future threats of this nature.   

Concerned Parent
2,781 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Aaron Bean, Dennis Baxley

Require those Charged With Murder to have nothing lower than a 1,000,000 bond

My son, Trevor Gray, 20 years old was murdered 1/2/19. His was the 1st murder in Jacksonville, FL in 2019. In 2019 alone there were 160 homicides of which 129 were murders.  The one charged with my sons murder not only faces Murder 2 but two counts of attempted second degree murder and a charge of shooting at a moving vessel. He was just given the opportunity to bond out of jail! He originally had a500,000 bond and it was reduced to 110,000.00 courtesy of Judge Maureen Horkan who also agreed to waive the monitoring fees for his ankle bracelet. There should be absolutely NO REASON why someone who is facing a murder charge, much less 3, should have the opportunity to have such a low bond and monitoring fees waived! How did this happen? The Judge is given discretion when setting the bond amount and the ability of the defendant to pay is considered. The purpose of a bail determination in criminal proceedings is to ensure the appearance of the criminal defendant at subsequent proceedings and to protect the community against unreasonable danger from the criminal defendant. I believe Those charged with murder should have a minimum 1,000,000.00 bond and the judge should not have discretion to set a lower bond amount. The financial resources of the accused should have no bearing in the bond set for a murder charge. The community and victims should be first in consideration! The nature and probability of danger which the defendant’s release poses to the community and the nature and probability of intimidation and danger to victims should take precedence. Many would argue they may sit for years before their case is settled, this would not be the case if they did not waive their right to a speedy trial! I must add that the rights of the person who was murdered were stripped forever when their life was taken. The victim should be considered first and foremost, not the criminal charged for the act. Below is a link to our current laws http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=09000999/0903/0903.html

TINA GRAY
2,192 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to U.S. Department of Education

More Support for Victims of School Shootings, Support for Bullying Victims and Depressed.

I've been doing a project in school where we choose a problem in the world and see how we can impact them. I decided to do research on School Shootings, and found that bullied and depressed children were more likely to commit a school shooting. A lot of schools only have one to two counselors, and aren't always available. A program for supporting people that have fallen victim to bullying and depression would help solve that issue. This could include: Meetings at lunch Weekly/monthly sessions a 'Refuge Room' where they would be allowed to come in and feel safe and talk about what is going on I feel this would really help people because sometimes you just need someone to talk to, a friend. Another factor into school shootings, is that most are targeted. This means that it was only meant to harm a specific target (like bullies.) If schools had more crackdowns on bullying, including taking reports more seriously (eg not favoring one child more) as well as suspending repeat offenders. The rates of school shootings have been going up more in the past few years, and so have the rates of depression. Most of the time, they are actually smart kids, but shut down when they become depressed or bullied. Sometimes teachers do not notice right away, and think the child is being disrespectful by not doing work. This can lead to the child being upset, and taking revenge too far. This petition aims to get the Department of Education to create or fund in-school programs across the nation where victims of bullying and depression can get support. This is also to encourage schools to get more counselors. For example, schools like mine have 600 kids per grade, and only one counselor per grade. One counselor, 600 kids.

Wyatt Evans
7 supporters