By Emily Rasmussen

The Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) passed a resolution to improve school safety and condemn gun violence at its meeting on Wednesday, April 25.

The resolution, which includes asking state and federal legislators to implement “common sense” gun measures, strengthen background checks and ban assault weapons, was brought to the board by Trustee Patricia Holloway. The resolution was passed 4-3.

“We cannot continue to allow gun violence to affect our schools and affect our students,” Holloway said.

Some 10 Capistrano Unified School District students spoke in favor of the resolution to try to curb gun violence at a meeting on April 25. Photo: Emily Rasmussen
Some 10 Capistrano Unified School District students spoke in favor of the resolution to try to curb gun violence at a meeting on April 25. Photo: Emily Rasmussen

Some 10 CUSD students, some of whom have participated in nationwide school walkouts related to gun violence, spoke on behalf of the resolution, sharing fears and frustrations of gun violence in nationwide schools.

“For as long as I can remember, each month is carried with a new tragedy as a direct result of gun violence. The headlines are forever burned in my mind,” San Juan Hills High School student Ava Bachelder said.

Terri Binaei, a mother of three sons who attended CUSD schools and is a part of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, also spoke in support of the resolution. Binaei said she got involved with gun violence prevention, after her son became a survivor of the 2014 University of California, Santa Barbara shooting.

“I am inspired by the students who are here this evening (in support of the resolution) and all of those who have been speaking the past few months, and leading our efforts to make our country less of a victim to violence,” Binaei said.

The next CUSD meeting is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 at the school district’s office, 33122 Valle Rd., San Juan Capistrano.

To view the resolution in full, go to http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1514016268888/1455438848279/8421234660986319821.pdf on page 619.

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  • Support the law of the land, the 2nd Amendment. Allow teachers who wish to do so to arm themselves and coordinate with local law enforcement. Encourage our media to be less interested in news headlines and the $$s it brings in, and more responsible with what they report, ie., focus on the victims and don’t glorify these shooters with non-stop coverage of their misdeeds. They should NOT be rewarded with the news coverage they crave.

    Common sense gun laws mean or should mean, not penalizing law-abiding citizens by taking away their rights just because some abuse those rights. We don’t remove driving privileges from sober, law-abiding citizens just because others break the law and drive drunk and occasionally kill people.

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