Melissa Schrade 0

Remove Voting from School Campuses

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In light of recent events and school shootings, I would like on campus voting removed from ALL school campuses. Unfortunately, this is no longer safe for our children. Although the voting areas are somewhat isolated within the campus, the introduction of unknown persons becomes an accepted thing on that day vs. a red flag. Just this week in Rowlett, an officer identified a suspicious person with an automatic weapon, ammunition, and a mask that intended on doing harm at a school event. Many children we know were there. We can no longer allow unknown persons on our campuses for any reason. There are many other locations for voting to take place, and there simply is no good reason to allow it on our school campuses. If money is the issue, I'm sure parents would be willing to figure out a way to make up the difference. There is no amount of money that is worth the life of a child. We need to start sending the message to the world that if you don't belong to the school, or if you are acting suspicious, we're going to ask questions. We don't need to willingly open our doors to anyone that wants to enter, and allow them access to a place that our children think they are being protected. My child's school is a voting campus on March 6th and my children will not attend that day. The very first statement on Election Advisory No. 2018-11 speaks about firearms in the vicinity of Polling Places. If the first thing they choose to address is the concern about firearms, WHY would we allow this activity in our schools? Further down the document, it states that security cameras should be turned off during voting times or turned away from the voting areas. I've previously contacted the Rockwall voting office about this during Trump's election, and they will not provide additional security or police presence for these events. This is not acceptable. The safety of our children should not be second to politics and budget. Let Rockwall ISD be the first to stand up for our children in this arena, and lead the way to change legislation throughout the United States. Put the children first.

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