The most pressing safety concern at the moment is clear. The teachers, paraeducators, and support staging at our schools are struggling to keep themselves and their students safe from injury everyday. The current “clear the room” policy isn’t working and our district can’t succeed at meeting the challenges our students/families face if we don’t invest in the staffing and resources they need.
The evidence is very clear about what makes schools safer for students and staff: more resources and staff for helping students (and their families overcome barriers). There isn’t any evidence supporting the argument that armed school staff make schools safer. While I do support building on our relationship with Spokane Police and creating clear policies for when an armed response is necessary, I don’t support arming our school resource officers. Beyond that, I recognize that our students face a far greater risk of being injured by a gun away from the school, so I will advocate for an age-appropriate gun safety and suicide prevention curriculum.