Updated: Nov 12
The Uvalde Foundation For Kids Expands STOPNOW Volunteer Patrol Program To Belmont University/Edgehill Community Memorial Gardens Park Following Shooting Death Of Student
The Uvalde Foundation For Kids, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending school violence & formed in response to the May 2022 Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas; released Friday morning that following the recent shooting death of Belmont University student, Jillian Ludwig, while walking through Edgehill Community Memorial Gardens Park in Nashville; that they have immediately begun the process of expanding their STOPNOW volunteer patrols throughout the Belmont University & Edgehill Community Memorial Park Community.
Volunteers are currently being recruited & trained in the city.
The foundation recently launched its Nashville patrol program following the Covenant School shooting and was a part of a summer series in Nashville to discuss gun violence and school safety within the city.
Foundation officials noted in the release that the current shooting of the 18 year old student serves as an example of how current Tennessee law falls short in preventing those with mental health issues from obtaining firearms.
Foundation President, Dr Michael Stevens stated in the release, "Tennessee needs to set a national standard for individuals experiencing mental health issues, ensuring they are being treated & further that they are protecting their citizens and students by restricting access to guns by those with mental health issues. Jillian deserved as much and might still be with us today had tighter restrictions and following through been applied prior to this tragedy."
Foundation STOPNOW Patrols, modeled after the "Guardian Angels," anticrime unit in NYC in the 1980's, patrol school perimeters to minimize & prevent safety incidents from reaching school campuses; while also providing extra encouragement and support for students and neighborhoods.
Team volunteers undergo foundational training prior to joining patrols & throughout the academic year. Team members are cleared through background checks & are trained in situational awareness and basic intervention techniques... Patrol members are unarmed and do not enter school or district property without clearance.
STOPNOW PATROLS FORMING ACROSS US TO PROTECT STUDENTS:
The Uvalde Foundation For Kids
888 685 8464