Please do not arm our teachers.
That’s one of the eight demands that a group of student activists delivered to the Shelby County School board at its Tuesday meeting.
This comes a week after students organized a citywide walkout to protest gun violence and other issues compromising safety in schools.
During the walkout, students across the city brainstormed and recorded suggestions on how to make schools safer. The organizers and other students met over the weekend to narrow down the recommendations that would be presented at the school board meeting.
Here are the eight requests the students came up with:
Stop kicking students out of school instead of figuring out what’s going on
Make time for teachers and administrators to have one-on-one time with students
More counselors and support groups
Add conflict resolution classes
Add mental health classes
Do more to stop sexual harassment and assaults in schools
Do not arm teachers
Support student activism
After the meeting, SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said he’s “very impressed” with the students’ efforts.