Kevin Poirier , Moderator
Patricia Banega Segura
Lieutenant Gene Lim
:45 Introductions. Why are you here, talking about this issue?
4:35 High School students, do you feel safe at school? — “I felt safe, until I didn’t feel safe.”
6:30 Considering the Parkland shooting, what do you see is the solution? —Having these conversations and hearing different perspectives from people that are in the schools. Student Resource Officers (SRO)
11:55 Have there been changes in how CMPD (Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department) is looking at school safety and gun violence? –Everything is on the table and forces us to look at the collective. What are we doing well but also, what changes could we make. We want to add a layer of protection but don’t want it to feel like a prison and try to preserve the environment of learning.
15:25 Thoughts on student activism? –It’s our lives that are on the line. We have so much knowledge at our disposal and understand how powerful our voice can be. We are the woke generation and even though we are young, we can get the nation’s attention.
16:30 The conversation around comprehensive gun reform and control, is this a school safety conversation? Do we need less guns? –People are scared of the topic of gun control because they think we want to take guns away and that’s not the case. We can see the need for common sense reforms. There are no quick fixes, the problem is systemic.
21:30 Should we be open to the possibility of arming teachers with military backgrounds? –Doesn’t prevent a student from coming to campus. The relationships between teachers and students can go up and down everyday and I wouldn’t trust a teacher with a gun. The issue of violence is unique to America and we haven’t addressed the underlying issues. Mental health, poverty, etc.
28:05 What do you say to, “If only kids were nicer, and welcoming”? Some are making a correlation between school violence and bullying as well as mental health. Is it related to gun violence? –Sometimes being “nicer” to someone or befriending them when they have mental illness doesn’t prevent violence. Access to the weapons is an important factor. How and why did they get the gun? Why were they not flagged?
33:00 On being civically involved. –Learn to listen more and recognize that perspectives change. Having your ear to the community is key. Understanding that local politics plays more of a role in our lives than federal. The passion for change is needed and young people running for office is inspiring and brings in fresh ideas.
38:45 What’s on the horizon? Where do you see this going in the Charlotte Mecklenburg community? –Rethink the shooter drills, assign more psychologists, and make them more available. Start building cohesion among CMPD and CMS, especially including administrators, teachers, students, that are reporting to CMPD/CMS. Different departments and people interacting with each other provides a comprehensive response to issues. Definitely want to see more awareness and advocacy.
Mentioned in the video:
Generation Nation , a Charlotte-Mecklenburg organization that connects classroom education with hands-on learning to build civic literacy and leadership from an early age
Charlotte Observer article on CMS proposed budget contents: Money for teacher raises, school safety will be in CMS budget plan, officials say