OPINION: Guns Have No Place in the Greendale Schools
A Republican bill that would allow people with concealed weapon permits to carry guns on school grounds in Wisconsin is likely going nowhere. But, that doesn’t mean Greendale families shouldn’t be paying attention.
Under the bill, concealed carry licensees could carry on school property. The bill doesn’t authorize guns in school buildings. It would be up to local school boards to decide whether weapons would be allowed inside school buildings. If they decided to ban weapons in schools, they would be required to post notices at the building’s entrances.
It should go without saying that guns have no place in schools. Schools must be safe havens for teaching and learning — that is a basic obligation to children that comes before anything else.
Many school districts, education leaders, public officials and the state Department of Public Instruction already oppose the bill. In recent years, school safety has been a front burner topic for the Greendale School board and our school leaders might let Greendale families know their position on the proposed legislation.
Will Greendale’s school board take a stand?
The bill is sponsored by Senate President Mary Lazich and Rep. Robert Brooks. Lazich, who is from New Berlin and represents Greendale, has said the bill is designed to ensure concealed carry licensees who drop their kids off at school and forget they’re carrying aren’t arrested.
This measure isn’t the first of its kind to be introduced in Wisconsin. Last year, Representative Jesse Kremer introduced a “campus carry” bill that would have allowed teachers and school officials to carry guns on campus.
Solutions for preventing violence in schools should be centered on encouraging better planning and coordination with law enforcement.
I work in public education and it is my opinion that allowing guns in schools will not provide a safe learning environment for students and a safe working environment for school employees.
Simply put, our schools are not a place for gun owners to exercise their 2nd amendment rights.