"This foundation, originating from the tragic school shooting that occurred in Uvalde, Texas in May 2022, has been diligently working to deter violence in schools across the nation."
(Contributions From Alex Jagg/Patch.com)
With a mission to mitigate school violence and create safer learning environments nationwide, the foundation has been instrumental in tackling critical school safety issues.
These include bullying, gun violence, and mental health care, a range of issues that Daniel Chapin, the founder of the foundation, describes as "A culture of violence" inflicting harm on our nation's student population.
The foundation's groundbreaking work recently culminated in an invitation to speak at a special Nashville Metro Council session addressing school violence. This session, held on June 21st, was prompted by the Covenant School shooting in Nashville, Tennessee.
Since the foundation's establishment, it has taken an active role in the response and care for victims in numerous school shooting incidents nationwide. Some of these events include the ones at Michigan State University, the Allen, Texas mall, and Richneck Elementary school in Newport News, Virginia
Some Key Stances Of The Uvalde Foundation For Kids:
- Making it a required felony offense against any individual who makes a false "swatting," threat against a school institution
- Require autopsies of children killed in school/mass shootings to be kept private
- Require Metal Detectors In Every School (Elementary - High School)
- Require "Manifestos," of those who commit mass shootings at schools to be kept private, except for legitimate investigation & prevention purposes use by law enforcement, etc
- Require SROs In every public school nationwide (Elementary - High School)
- No guns law for anyone who suffers from, or is being treated for a mental illness or a serious emotional disturbance, including those who have ever had a "5150, or 5151" status, unless cleared by a mental health professional (Harm To Self Or Others)
- Allow law enforcement to petition the court to apply a mental health order for anyone who poses a threat by owning a firearm
- Increased student mental health care & multilevel programming in schools designed to recognize the varying forms of violence & implement susainable programs to PREVENT IT
- Increased bullying prevention programming & behavioral care on schools
- Increased mental health support & care for teachers & school support staff
- Enact national mandate of bill nicknamed “Alyssa’s Law,” after Alyssa Alhadeff, a victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that killed 17 people in early 2018; requiring all state public schools have "panic alarms," to respond to school shootings.
- Increased accountability to schools and student focused institutions to provide safe, violence free & healthy environments
- Making it a felony to commit a violent crime with a deadly weapon within 3000 feet of a school
- Holding adults accountable for giving kids guns
- Nearly half of US states, 24, do not require any school safety training for teachers and staff, according to the Education Commission of the States. The Uvalde Foundation For Kids Will Be Launching An Aggressive 2023/2024 School Year National Campaign To Change That Statistic!
Those states are: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, South Carolina, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The Uvalde Foundation For Kids
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