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 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.