Students Deliver Safety Demands to School Board


Students across Shelby County walked out last week to protest gun violence in schools. - SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOLS/FACEBOOK
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  • Students across Shelby County walked out last week to protest gun violence in schools.

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.

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