Early this month the Kern Education Justice Collaborative held a press conference minutes before the Kern High School District board of trustees monthly meeting to urge the trustees to stop pursuing dangerous policies like arming teachers.
“I want them to focus on us and our education,” Aldo Avilas-Rojas told KERO 23.
The school district recently passed a policy allowing non-employee concealed carry weapon permit holders to carry guns to school with permission from the district’s superintendent. The board is now considering enacting a proposal that would allow the Superintendent to approve teachers, and other staff who hold CCW permits, to carry firearms on high school campuses.
After the press conference, members of the group addressed the trustees during the public comment portion of the meeting. The item was not voted on because it was not on the agenda that day.
The Kern Education Justice Collaborative was founded in 2013 to address the disparity in suspension rates between minority and non-minority students in KHSD. KEJC is comprised of The Dolores Huerta Foundation, Faith in Action Kern County, California Rural Legal Assistance, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Children First, the National Brotherhood Alliance and Building Healthy Communities-South Kern.
[Click here to watch coverage by Laura Acevedo from KERO: Parents, students speak out against guns at KHSD]