Spokane School Board considering messaging to parents about safe firearm storage

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SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane School Board is considering increasing its efforts to inform parents of their obligations to store firearms in their homes securely. 

A draft resolution shows the district would work with local law enforcement, health agencies and nonprofits to collaborate and increase their efforts in this messaging. 

The resolution states that “evidence strongly shows secure firearm storage is an essential component to any effective strategy to keep schools and students safe.” 

The school board references statistics about child and teen suicide and gun violence on school grounds in the resolution. 

“1,200 children and teens die by gun suicide each year, most often using guns belonging to a family member,” the board notes. “In incidents of gun violence on school grounds, 75 percent of active shooters are current students or recent graduates, and up to 80 percent of shooters under the age of 18 obtained their guns from their own home, a relative’s home, or from friends.” 

The school board also notes that keeping students, teachers and staff safe from the threat of gun violence should be the responsibility of all adult stakeholders at each school site. State law imposes penalties on adults when a child gains unsupervised access to firearms not stored securely. 

The board will discuss the resolution at its Wednesday meeting. 

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