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LETTERS

NC should seek STOP School Violence funding

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Liz Mumm Baker

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Each year since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, the number of incidents of gun violence on school grounds has grown. That is appalling and simply unacceptable. As a concerned community member there is nothing more important to me than the safety of our schools.

I am heartened to see the federal government is building on the research and lessons learned in the Sandy Hook tragedy — along with too many other massacres since — by increasing the funding available for the training of youth and adults in our school district. Knowing what to look out for and how to intervene when potential violence is threatened or suspected are crucial to reversing this epidemic.

I urge the administration of Gov. Roy Cooper to act fast and apply for the STOP School Violence Act funding that can bring the necessary, evidence-based prevention and intervention programs we need to every school in North Carolina at no cost. It is our responsibility to make schools safer and equip our kids with the life skills needed to prevent all forms of violence. With this federal funding available, it is time to act.

Liz Mumm Baker

Edenton

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