Gun-Free Schools

Concealed Carry Update

 

Following a strong showing by Community Members, on December 14, 2016 the Whitefish Bay School District passed a resolution stating their opposition to concealed weapons on any Whitefish Bay School District properties.  At this time there is no pending legislation of any kind, and the proponents of bringing legislation allowing concealed carry in private schools has been silent.  AFE-WFB has a committee monitoring the issue closely and are also partnering with leaders from other North Shore communities to prepare a petition to circulate to a larger base of our representatives’ constituents to let our state leaders know that this community remains opposed to concealed carry in schools and that we are being vigilant in ensuring that this issue does not come to a point of consideration.
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
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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
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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;
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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.

 

Gun-Free Schools

Concealed Carry Legislation

Wisconsin lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would make concealed weapons legal on school grounds. This legislation would allow guns on school property regardless of the wishes of individual schools. Currently the Whitefish Bay school district has a policy in place banning firearms. This proposed legislation would supersede these existing rules.

AFE believes guns have no place in Whitefish Bay Schools, and that school districts should have the right to decide for themselves whether to allow concealed carry.  AFE has sent a letter to the Whitefish Bay School Board urging them to adopt a resolution banning the presence of weapons on school grounds by anyone other than public safety officers.

The letter states:

“More than state-of-the-art facilities, more than state-leading test scores, and more than district ratings and rankings, the safety of our students is paramount. Introducing the option for anyone to carry a weapon inside of school walls is a direct threat to the safety of our students.”  To read our letter, click here.

AFE has started a petition on Change.org, and community groups are also getting involved. We hope to see Whitefish Bay join other North Shore school districts in calling for a stop to this proposed legislation. We have asked the school board to take up this issue at an upcoming meeting, and we ask you to sign our petition.  Click here for the link.

Update:

On Wednesday, December 14, 7pm in the Great Room of Cumberland Elementary, the Whitefish Bay School Board will hear public comments on the pending legislation related to concealed carry:

We are asking our members to attend the School Board meeting this Wednesday.  Please prepare to speak out and let your voice be heard.   (Public comments are usually heard at the beginning of the meeting and will be limited to two minutes per person).

If you are not able to attend, please email your concerns to one of our school board members before the meeting on Wednesday. Board email addresses are found here:

http://www.boarddocs.com/wi/wfbschools/Board.nsf/Public?open&id=board