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COPAA Submits Comments to Senate Committee on Homeland Security on School Safety

Tuesday, July 30, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jamie Anderson

Last week, the Senate Homeland Security Committee held a hearing on enhancing school safety where the discussion focused on policies to prevent future acts of violence on school grounds. The discussion was wide-ranging, from security measures, violence mitigation and threat assessment models to positive school climate and the unintended consequences of reactionary school policies such as active shooter drills.

To inform the Committee about guardrails that must be considered in the important discussion about school safety, COPAA submitted a letter stating:

Many [of the] school safety initiatives in the past two years came about in response to a growing public fear about children’s safety. While fear can be a very powerful motivator, it can also cloud judgement. It can foster a kind of tunnel vision that, in its extreme focus on solving one problem, loses sight of, or even causes, others. In this case, we now have policies that, in their urgency to prevent targeted violence, could sacrifice student privacy, undermining the safety and civil rights of some of our most vulnerable students.

COPAA is also part of coalition focused on the intersection of safety with student privacy and equity.

Read COPAA’s letter to the Senate.

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