Treat gun violence like public health issue, Kent ISD school board says

Treat gun violence like public health issue, Kent ISD school board says

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Kent ISD School Board is joining more than 200 groups and organizations nationwide in calling for a public health approach to preventing school and community gun violence. An interdisciplinary group of violence prevention experts developed a " Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America ." The effort was launched in response to the 17 students and staff killed Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. "We need a change in mindset and policy from reaction to prevention. Prevention entails more than security measures and begins long before an incident occurs,” according to the school board’s resolution passed May 21. ”We need a comprehensive public health approach to gun violence that is informed by scientific evidence and free from partisan politics.” The school board’s resolution comes on the heels of the May 18 shooting at a Santa Fe High School in Texas that left 10 dead and 10 injured. A 17-year-old student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, is the alleged shooter. "After Santa Fe, Texas, I don’t think the need for this is going away,” Kent ISD School Board President Andrea Haidle said Monday. "We need to keep it in our vision that we need to address this. I do think it is important to begin looking at this as a public health issue, in addition to other things.” Violence prevention experts say a public health approach to protecting children as well as adults from gun violence involves […]

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