After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the cell phones and emails of LAUSD parents were buzzing with messages from the second largest school district in the country – messages that attempted to assure us that our children were safe and that the district was doing everything it could to improve safety measures.
To bolster those efforts, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer assembled a Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety, charging its members with the duty of examining, evaluating and recommending ways to enhance efforts to keep students safe from violence, particularly gun violence.
The panel, comprised of experts and leaders in the fields of education, gun-violence prevention, mental health, public safety, business, the faith community, government and architecture, convened in every board district of LAUSD over the span of two months. It listened to presentations from LAUSD stakeholders, outside experts and the public on issues that affect student safety – including access to firearms, student mental health on and off campus, reporting and investigating threats, safety in the neighborhoods surrounding schools, school security procedures and designing safe schools.
The resulting school safety report begins with an analysis of key school safety issues and a review of the efforts LAUSD has undertaken to keep students safe and delves into the panel’s recommendations and potential ways to fund the measures. To read the report, visit lacityattorney.org/blueribbon.