On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 students and staff members and injuring 17 others, making it the deadliest shooting at a high school in U.S. history. This tragedy has been a catalyst for change in the national conversation on gun violence prevention, driving the country’s youth to speak out against gun violence.

In San Diego, thousands of students across the city have already added their voices to this conversation. In 2018, the Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution calling for federal background checks for gun and ammo purchases, a ban on semi-automatic firearms, high capacity magazines and bump stocks. It also called for the reinstatement of the federal assault weapons ban.

Parents, students, and staff are urged to be aware of the measures they can take to prevent gun violence, including:

District leadership sent a communication to all teachers specifically mentioning these items, and also worked with school principals to ensure support for students participating in the National Student Walkout against gun violence.

Peace sign; a sign with "enough" and students gathering
Students at Mira Mesa HS, Point Loma HS, and Golden Hill K8 in the 2018 National Student Walkout

San Diego Unified also recognized the second week of February as Gun Violence Prevention Week, and held a special discussion earlier this year on what the school community can do to make a difference. This discussion commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Cleveland Elementary School shooting here in San Diego.

Additional measures the district is taking include increased campus security through fencing, cameras and other safeguards. They also include an initiative for students and parents to take steps to protect themselves by reporting suspicious activity, storing legal firearms safely, and taking legal action to get guns out of the hands of those who are a threat to themselves or others.

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