Wednesday, December 19, 2018
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER CONDEMNS PREZ TRUMP SCHOOL SAFETY REPORT!!! FORMER KANSAS CITY MAYOR CRITICIZES 'GUNS FOR TEACHES' AND ROLLBACK OF DISCIPLINE DISPARITY PROTECTIONS!!!
An effort hoping to curb rising violence in schools has turned into fierce debate over the most effective policy to protect students.
Today, Congressman Cleaver entered the fray with a scathing statement against the strategy from the Trump Administration.
"Putting guns in the hands of teachers is not an effective strategy and could easily lead to more senseless shootings in our schools," said Congressman Cleaver.
Moreover, the argument about making schools safe again reached critical mass when the discussion turned to previous initiatives from the Obama Administration that sought to redress inequality in punishment.
Basically, Congressman Cleaver argues that instead of focusing on gun control, the administration is calling to reverse rules intended to protect black students from disproportionate punishment.
Here's his statement in full regarding these ongoing efforts to rescind Obama-Era guidance on school discipline . . .
Congressman Cleaver’s Statement on the Federal School Safety Commission Report
(Washington, D.C.) - Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II condemns the recently released Federal School Safety Commission Report. The Trump administration’s report is a NRA-backed proposal which recommends arming teachers instead of focusing on making schools safer.
“The report ignores a common denominator of all of the tragic school shootings our country has suffered, and that is, easy access to assault style firearms designed for war,” said Congressman Cleaver.
In 2017, there were nearly 40,000 gun deaths in the United States, the highest total in decades.
“Putting guns in the hands of teachers is not an effective strategy and could easily lead to more senseless shootings in our schools, “ said Congressman Cleaver.
The report is a missed opportunity to expand the use of evidence-based, comprehensive approaches to preventing violence in schools and building stronger relationships between students, educators, and the community. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), anti-bullying programs, mental health support are some of the many proven strategies to deescalate situations and help students before the get to the point of wanting to harm themselves or others.
The Commission also recommends full rescission of the Obama administration’s 2014 school discipline guidance, which assists school districts in eliminating disparities in how Black students, boys, and students with disabilities are disciplined compared to their classmates.
“The Trump Administration’s School Safety Commission Report is not only a missed opportunity to ensure every student is both safe and supported in the classroom, but it is also a blatant affront to communities of color. Its suggestion that federal civil rights enforcement — and not the prevalence of firearms — is to blame for school shootings is baseless and wrong,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chair, Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA).
“We must do more to stop discrimination in our schools. This report will only cause further criminalization of students of color for non-criminal or minor offenses,” said Congressman Cleaver.
The Department of Education’s school safety report can be found here.
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