Gun-Free Schools

School Board Signs Gun-Free School Zone Resolution

Yesterday, on the four-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, at 9:31 pm, the Whitefish Bay School Board passed a resolution stating their strong opposition to any proposed legislation that would allow for weapons on school grounds.

WHEREAS Wis. Stat. § 948.605 prohibits a person from possessing a firearm in a “school zone,” which is defined in Section 948.605(1)(c) as “In or on the grounds of a school; [and] Within 1,000 feet from the grounds of a school”; and
WHEREAS the School District of Whitefish Bay is committed in its written policies to providing a safe and healthy environment for all persons on its premises, on school-related vehicles, or attending any of its activities or functions, and
WHEREAS the School Board of the School District of Whitefish Bay believes that permitting persons other than sworn law enforcement officers to be armed and present in a “school zone,” on school-related vehicles, or at school activities or functions is contrary to its policies and would endanger children, staff, and all other persons in these learning environments;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the School Board of the School District of Whitefish Bay strongly opposes any legislative initiatives at the state or federal level that would legalize the ability of any person, with the exception of sworn law enforcement officers, to bring or possess a firearm or other weapon, concealed or other, in a “school zone”; in a school-related vehicle; or at school activities or functions.

Over 80 people were in attendance at yesterday’s school board meeting, with 23 in the audience speaking out against guns on school grounds during the public comments portions of the meeting.

While this is a great step forward, it is a small step.  We will continue to update our members on how to stay involved with our concerted efforts to amplify this message with local representatives.