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CONTRACT FOR ELIMINATING GUNS AND WEAPONS FROM SCHOOLS

CONTRACT FOR ELIMINATING GUNS AND WEAPONS FROM SCHOOLS

Guns and other weapons clearly are a hazard to a safe learning environment and the welfare of human beings. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, every day 14 young people, age 19 and under, are killed as a result of gun use.  According to the Metropolitan Life Survey of the American Teacher, 1993: Violence in America's Public Schools, 11 % of teachers and 23% of students say they have been victims of violence in or near their schools. While the elimination of guns and weapons from schools is the responsibility of all segments of the school and society, three individuals have especially crucial responsibility: the student, principal, and parents. This contract draws attention to the specific responsibilities of those three individuals.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING COMMITMENTS:

Student

  • I agree not to bring a gun or any weapon to any school event.
  • I will tell my peers to seek adult assistance when conflict situations begin to get out of control.
  • I will not carry another person's gun or weapon.
  • If I see a gun or other weapon on campus or at a school event, I will alert an adult about its existence, or telephone (909) 388-6043 to report the gun. If I request it, my identity will be kept secret.

Parent/Guardian

  • I will teach, including by personal example, my teenager(s) about the dangers and consequences of guns and weapons use, and I will keep any guns and all weapons I own under lock and away from my child/children.
  • I will support the school's policies to eliminate guns and weapons and work with the school in developing programs to prevent violence.
  • I will carry out my responsibility to teach my child/children how to settle arguments without resorting to violence, to encourage him/her/them to use those ideas when necessary, and to follow school guidelines for reporting guns and weapons seen to an appropriate adult.


Principal

  • I will ensure that students have an anonymous way to report to an adult any guns or other weapons they see on campus.
  • I will promote conflict resolution instruction for all students as part of the curriculum.
  • I will communicate the school's policies on guns and weapons to all participants in the school community and focus upon the responsibilities we all have.
  • I will use the school's student leadership groups and student meetings to obtain ideas to develop a safe school environment.
  • I will report all guns and other weapon violations to law enforcement officials, according to established procedures.

 


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