FWISD Board of Education Passes Resolution About Special Session to Protect Our Schools from Mass Shootings
On Tuesday, July 12, the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education passed a resolution supporting Governor Greg Abbott in calling for a special session of the Texas Legislature to address protection for all children in the wake of mass shootings and gun violence.
The resolution was an action item on the agenda of the special meeting.
In its entirety, the resolution reads:
Fort Worth Independent School District
Encouraging Governor Greg Abbott to Call a Special Session to Protect Our Schools from Mass Shootings
WHEREAS, the 2022 spring semester ended in a statewide tragedy with the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, leading to the loss of 19 children and 2 teachers.
WHEREAS, our nation has a long list of mass shootings, including the Midland-Odessa shooting, the El Paso Walmart shooting, the Santa Fe High School shooting, and the Sutherland Springs Church shooting, all occurring in Texas within the past 5 years;
WHEREAS, our students, parents, faculty, and staff should not be in fear that mass shootings and gun violence will occur within FWISD and our community, as our schools must be a safe refuge for our children and the adults charged with their care;
WHEREAS, the Texas Legislature has the power to protect our children from mass shootings and senseless gun violence by implementing common sense reforms that focus on our children’s safety and security wherever they gather, be it our schools, houses of worship, and other public spaces;
WHEREAS, the Texas Constitution requires the Governor to call the Legislature into Special Session, and although three Special Sessions have been called since the end of the 87th Regular Session on May 31, 2021, not one of these focused on the prevention of mass shootings and gun violence;
NOW, LET IT BE HEREBY RESOLVED,
THAT the Board of Trustees of the Fort Worth Independent School District call upon Governor Abbott to call a Special Session of the Texas Legislature to protect our children, teachers, and staff from mass shootings and gun violence before the beginning of the 2022 – 2023 academic school year; and
THAT the Board of Trustees of the Fort Worth Independent School District call upon the Governor to include common sense firearm policies that protect our most precious Texas resource, our children.
[End of resolution.]