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Petition to Los Angeles Unified School District, President of the United States, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, Department of Justice, Gavin Newsom, Eric Garcetti, california state assem, California State Assembly

Therapy Animals in Schools

Paws-ing for Peace initiative   Hello, My name is Katie, I’m 16 yrs old and I am a junior in high school.  I come before you to present an idea and a petition. I would like to petition that the schools have Trained Therapy Animals such as dogs, cats or even rabbits, available to students on school campuses.   With recent growing mental health concerns, depression, suicides and shootings among our schools, I feel we need to take a more proactive approach to addressing these concerns.  We, as teens and students keep trying to speak up and raise our voices to bring awareness but no one seems to be listening! So I come before you today to speak on behalf of the many countless kids that are crying for help!  Why therapy animals? I started an Animal Rescue Club (Verdugo Hills ARC) at my school towards the end of my sophmore year. What began as a small club of only a handful of students, has now grown to 50+ students and growing! They saw how I volunteered at the local animal shelters and how rewarding it is to interact with these wonderful creatures, and wanted to do the same! However, most animal shelters won't allow minors to volunteer without an adult present, and most adults simply don't have the time or resources available to be able to be with them to volunteer. Not to mention, there are many kids who have only one parent, or live in foster homes where there's an even lesser chance of allowing kids to have this God given right to interact with these beautiful creatures.  Therapy animals such as dogs, cats and even rabbits can be of great comfort to kids who are struggling with depression, stress, and anxiety. According to a research study done by the UCLA Health, School of Medicine, named “Animal Assisted Therapy Research”; found that animal assisted therapy was beneficial not only for mental health but for physical health as well!  https://www.uclahealth.org/pac/animal-assisted-therapy Studies have shown that by simply petting an animal, it releases the feel good chemicals, serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin in the brain. Studies have also shown that it increases memory function in people with head injuries. It lowers blood pressure and improves cardiovascular health. It helps slows down the breathing in those who suffer from anxiety and reduces the release of the stress hormone, cortisol.  Several other studies have proven the many (mental and physical) health benefits that come from therapy animals.  https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Therapy-Dogs-in-School-Help-Students-419070294.html Therapy animals were also used to provide comfort and support to students returning to school in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting. Stress and Anxiety, Among Kids is at an All Time High The stress and anxiety kids go through nowadays is off the charts. It seems to be growing more and more each day, and there seems to be no positive outlets for us. Having therapy animals, available for students, would benefit EVERYONE! Not only would it benefit our schools, it would also benefit our communities. It would help our schools by IMPROVING ATTENDANCE, raising their grades, and help the students learn in safe, secure and peaceful environment. It would help our communities because it would keep the kids IN school and OFF the streets. Keeping kids off the streets would helps reduce crime. Reducing crime creates a safer environment, now and for future generations etc.. School's Role: I recently saw in the news that they were building a school in Michigan, to protect students from potential active shooters?! This is unheard of! We need to be different and take on a more positive and proactive approach by providing a positive outlet to our kids and teens! Let's handle the situation ahead of time, instead of reacting to it after the fact! WE NEED TO BE DIFFERENT!! WE NEED TO BE PROACTIVE NOT REACTIVE!! .  Let LAUSD be the first to pioneer this program, and when other schools in other districts, other states and even across the country see the benefits it has brought us, they will then implement this program in their schools as well!  LAUSD can partner with local animal shelters since there are many that have aged animals that are rarely adopted and end up being euthanized. They can also partner with any of the many organizations availble, that provide volunteer therapy animals or even volunteer therapy training for animals. There are many ways to go about this, but please just make it possible!  We need to take a pause for peace!! Peace in our schools, peace in our communities and peace in our nation! Please help me in bringing awareness to this initiative and petition practical and positive approach by “PAWS-ING for PEACE”.     Thank you for your time! 

Katelynn (Katie) G
185 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Everytown for Gun Safety, Mitch McConnell, Coalition To Stop Gun Violence

Demand a National Firearms Act in 2019 like we did in 1934

El Paso, Dayton, Poway, Pittsburg, Parkland, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Orlando, Las Vegas... The list of mass shootings in the United States goes on and on. Our children are dying because of angry men who have easy access to military-style assault weapons, bump stocks and ammunition that allows them to kill dozens of innocent people in a matter of seconds, whether or not they are mentally ill, have criminal records or links to terrorist organizations. It's time to pass a National Firearms Act of 2019 that echoes the one passed in 1934 because of public outrage over the St. Valentine's Day Massacre that was facilitated by the use of use of Tommy guns, the equivalent of AR-15 rifles of today, by gangsters like Al Capone who were in cahoots with corrupt politicians in Chicago and other US cities. As the NYT article (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/opinion/how-the-st-valentines-day-massacre-changed-gun-laws.html points out, The National Firearms Act of 1934 took away the right of all private citizens to own Tommy guns and "required NFA designated firearms to be registered and taxed. The $200 tax was quite prohibitive at the time (equivalent to $3,659 in 2017)." (For more information on the NFA, go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Firearms_Act The banning of automatic firearms, together with prohibitively high taxation, greatly reduced the number of gun deaths in that era. We need national legislation, not piecemeal state-by-state and city-by-city laws to solve our national crisis of gun violence. To get rid of existing assault weapons, we could also demand that gun manufacturers be taxed to pay for buying back of all assault-style weapons, just as Australians did in their national referendum following the mass shooting in Port Arthur in 1996. The referendum in Australia did not cause a "slippery slope" to take away private ownership of hunting and sporting guns by Australian citizens, which gun control opponents in this country so fear if a buy-back program were to happen here. There has not been a mass shooting in Australia since the national referendum in 1996. Why can't we have the courage to do the same thing? Let's keep every day a day of love, not a day of mourning!

Lisa Stidham
13,601 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Greg Abbott

Texas: No more armed schools

*We are looking for a passionate signer with a connection to the issue to take ownership of this petition. Interested? Click here to learn more.* A year after a mass shooting at a Texas high school in which eight students and two substitute teachers were killed, lawmakers are considering passing a measure that would put more guns in schools. Teacher groups and activists on the topic worry that more guns in the classroom will lead to more deadly accidents. It could potentially lead to violence against black and brown students due to systemic biases. As a scholar who focuses on the school to prison pipeline said: "If we can't even treat black and brown students with respect when all they're doing is walking or talking, why would parents feel safe if we're then arming people who are not law enforcement or increasing the amount of law enforcement at school?" In the last five years, there have been more than 65 reported incidents that involved the mishandling of a gun in a classroom that is using the marshal program. This includes a teacher’s gun falling to the floor and a security guard forgetting and leaving his gun in a room. There hasn’t been interest in the program from educators. In fact, one of the three entities that run the program in the state had to cancel it last year because of lack of interest. In one instance, a principal at a Texas school that already had its own police force and who had no previous military experience expressed interest. A bill that has bipartisan support just passed in the state that was designed to get more mental health counselors into schools and to create “threat assessment teams” that would help identify potentially dangerous students before they act. More guns doesn’t necessarily equate to safer schools, and it’s a big risk to take. Urge Texas to not pass the bill putting more marshals into the state’s schools.

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