In stark contrast to Atlanta meeting, gun legislation off the table during school safety hearing

In stark contrast to Atlanta meeting, gun legislation off the table during school safety hearing

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd Jeff Mullis, State… No federal government agency tracks the number of shootings in schools. But according to the Washington Post, more than 215,000 American students have been exposed to a shooting on a campus of 217 schools across the country since the Columbine High mass shooting in 1999. To determine the number of shootings, reporters at the Washington Post used news archives, databases, law enforcement reports, information from school websites and calls to schools and police departments. The newspaper reviewed over 1,000 cases but only counted those immediately before, during or just after classes. RINGGOLD, Ga. — During a school safety study committee hearing, advocates said Friday morning that school employees should be prepared to use a tourniquet, apply pressure to a wound and pack a wound; to provide mental health resources to students, to keep their building’s main entrance secure; to run from a shooter, to hide from a shooter and, if needed, to desperately attack a shooter. One issue not brought up? Gun laws. Hope Mays, a member of the gun-control organization Moms Demand Action, said the group counted the number of times a speaker used the word "gun" during the meeting at Ringgold High School. She said they heard the word only three times. "They talk about mental health, but they’ve been talking about it for a long time," she said. " There needs to be some legislation." In step with the stark divisions between Atlanta and rural parts of the […]

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