As co-presidents of the League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area and under the auspices of the League of Women Voters of Illinois, we are writing to inform your readers about a resolution before the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) Conference in November.
This is Resolution 2, to provide firearms and training to teachers and staff. If this resolution passes, the IASB Conference will actively seek sponsors and advocate for legislation to arm teachers and school staff. We are recommending that the delegates to the IASB Conference vote no.
We would like the public to be aware of some alternative, more positive ways to address this issue that can provide support as well as safety for the students.
Support legislation that would fund school resource officers in all schools in Illinois. The officer works in collaboration with the school and the community as a resource for safety and security issues and can be actively involved in a threat assessment team that identifies high-risk students and channels them for appropriate treatment.
If costs are a prohibitive factor, then consider supporting legislation that would fund metal detectors in all schools in Illinois, an approach that is far safer than the introduction of firearms, which can contribute to accidental deaths.
Mary Klonowski and Patricia Rocco, co-presidents
League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area