While California Democrats rally behind Assemblyman Kevin McCarty’s bill to disarm teachers, a state auditor has warned that K-12 schools are unprepared for active shooters.
The audit found that the state of California “does not require public schools to have an active shooter response plan.”
The California State Auditor reports:
We examined 29 safety plans from three districts and three county offices for the presence of 20 key policies and procedures state law requires and found that plans from four of the six districts and county offices were missing some of the policies and procedures to keep students and staff safe. Specifically, safety plans we reviewed from the Kern, Placer, and San Bernardino county offices, as well as from the San Bernardino City Unified School District (San Bernardino City Unified), omitted important elements for fostering a safe learning environment. For example, 14 of the 16 safety plans we reviewed for schools at these four entities lacked procedures to notify teachers of dangerous pupils in their classes.
The state auditor also noted that “the California Department of Education (CDE) is not providing sufficient guidance to districts or county offices to help them ensure that their schools comply with safety plan requirements,” and that the “CDE and the California Department of Justice (DOJ) failed to maintain the activities of the school–law enforcement partnership (partnership).”
Campus Safety Magazine reports that “the Kern county office and the San Bernardino City Unified School District” both argued that the audit was not precise, and that it overlooked that schools from both districts “fall under the small school’s exemption law.” Moreover, Berkeley Unified School District spokesman Charles Burress countered the audit by pointing out that “his district does have a comprehensive active shooter plan.”
The main issue highlighted is the realization that a response is demanded if a school comes under attack.
Kern High School District, Kingsburg Joint Union High School District, Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Anderson Union High School District, and Palo Cedro’s North Cow Creek School District allow teachers and/or staff to be armed for defense of themselves and their students. Breitbart News reported that McCarty (D-Sacramento) is working to take that armed defense away.
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