Claudia Moreno, CSEA: “Safety is a concern to all of us. Everybody is focused on safety. Many of us are trying to figure out how do we handle it. In order for us to come up with a cohesive plan, it needs to include all stakeholders. I would like to propose a large coalition before we do anything … and together come up with a cohesive program.”
Ellen Old, STA: “Because of the carnage in Newtown, districts are having that very difficult discussion about the safety of their campuses. Many solutions have been discussed: armed guards, restrictions on assault rifles, increased focus on mental illness, even the suggestion of arming our teachers in order to make our schools safe. There seems to be a pervasive need to somehow address and resolve this gun violence issue as we continue to watch in horror the aftermath of Sandy Hook.
“I trust a review of school safety plans, their practice and potential holes in the system will all be discussed. do believe we need to meet and review our safety measures. As we continue to meet and talk, please know our teachers are high stakeholders who need to be included in the discussion. As this district reviews its existing safety plans and any potential changes to be made, I believe it is imperative to remember our district already views the prospect of guns on campus through the lens of the loss of innocence we experienced (24) years ago this month. We don’t have to hypothesize an event because, sadly, Stockton has experienced it in Cleveland Elementary. We have learned we must be careful, have a plan, practice it, watch for irregular behaviors. We have been diligent for the past (24) years. Thankfully we have not experienced a recurrence.
“We are looking for a way to insure our children’s safety. We must all work increasingly to do what we can. What we can’t do is insure random acts of violence will never occur. No amount of money can offer the assurances everyone so desperately would like to have. It is disingenuous to act as if we can.”
SUSD Police Officer Michael Hitchcock, president of the officers’ union: He said officers are overworked right now. … He also said the association has raised $13,000 for the Kim Pinto Memorial Fund.
Several students and parents complained about the coaching in the football program at Edison High.