CALL TO ACTION
OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON WHAT WE DO TODAY!
We have been concerned about safety issues at school all year long! Our children are our most precious possession! Everyone wants schools to be safe!
In 2021, the Oregon Legislature passed a new gun bill, SB 554, which banned guns in the state Capitol and the terminal of Portland International Airport, whether or not a person has a concealed handgun license. It also gave public schools, colleges and universities the option to implement their own bans. It took effect on September 25, 2021. However only 13% of the states 197 school districts have chosen to do so. However, with the recent tragedy at Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school, some school districts are reconsidering a ban, including Salem Keizer Public Schools.
According to an OPB report by Dirk VanderHart on May 31, 2022,
School districts that have put bans in place acknowledge the policy won’t dissuade someone bent on carrying out violence. But they say the stricter rules are something students have pressed for, and that campus bans are a logical step many people already assumed existed. "This is a values statement," said Kirsten Aird, chair of the Lake Oswego school board, which passed a ban in December. "This is where we're going. It reinforces our values."
Salem Keizer School District will be having a work session on June 28th at 6:00pm and you can email the school board your thoughts on this issue. Here are some sample talking points to give them about why banning concealed weapons is not a good idea.
"I know that gun violence is a problem," state Sen. Fred Girod, R-Lyons, said during a debate on the gun control bill, Senate Bill 554, last year. "CHL holders are not the problem."
WOULD GUN-FREE ZONES ON SCHOOL PROPERTY KEEP KIDS SAFE?
Last week we told you about the inappropriate comic book found at several of our school libraries about how to have better gay sex, called Gender Queer. Although a parent went through the reconsideration process for questioning this material, the school district has not been forthcoming about who was on the reconsideration committee and what their reasoning was to leave the book at school.
This lack of transparency and willingness to listen and involve the parents is an ongoing critical issue at Salem Keizer Public Schools.
A Salem Keizer parent told us:
The human sexuality unit in my child's 9th grade Health education class includes teaching of gender theory, promoting the distinction of sex and gender. The PBS documentary "Growing Up Trans" is included in the lesson. "Gender Unicorn" makes another appearance in the lesson slides, as well as other graphics from transstudent.org. These graphics define sex and gender separately, as well as a list of "problem" language and examples of some of the "infinite" pronouns.
Schools are supposed to "prepare children for a successful life" which is actually the SKPS motto. Yet, identity politics is ruining the innocence of our children....We are labeling children in the name of equity and failing to prepare them for the future. Public schools are following a world view that ignores objectivity such as biological gender and instead puts an emphasis on feelings through "social-emotional learning and gender inclusive classrooms”
"The possibility that clinicians are providing treatments with permanent consequences to address what may be transient identities in youth poses a serious ethical dilemma. (https://www.hhs.gov/answers/mental-health-and-substance-abuse/what-does-suicide-contagion-mean/index.html)
It's time to take a stand and just say, NO!
(The books featured here are all readily available at a SKPS library near you.)
Copy and paste the email addresses below, EXACTLY as they are, directly into the "TO" section of your email. For your convenience, we've included all of the school board members as well as a few recommended media contacts; (the commas help them to populate perfectly):
While the kids play, join SKWST members each Wednesday at a picnic table by the playground, weather permitting. If it's wet, we'll move to Broadway Coffeehouse. Questions? Call Linda at 503-910-3609.
Salem Keizer We Stand Together is a grassroots organization of citizens striving to educate, equip, encourage, and empower our community to respectfully engage with one voice for parent’s rights, educational transparency, equal opportunity, academic excellence, and school choice for every student
SKWST is about transparency & choice. We strive to inform parents & guardians of their rights & provide them tools to successfully engage with the school system.
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