How safe are our schools?

Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

Following the several shootings that occurred through the past few months, we came to the realization that an attack on soft target areas is a reality, and is happening at a higher frequency each year.

How has your service activity influenced your thinking about this proposal?

It made us realize that improving the systems used to protect schools is not as effective as it could be. We began to work with more fervor and urgency to come up with solutions that would be a significant help in combating the problems of school security and the safety of students everywhere.

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:

https://bspence38366.wixsite.com/govmediaproject

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Consultations

Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).

CONSULTATION 1:

CONSULTATION 2:

CONSULTATION 3:

Prospectus:

Describe the specific issue or problem, being sure to provide sufficient context so that someone less familiar with the issue has a sense of the bigger picture, but know that your focus here is on a more detailed spelling out of the specific problem or issue that you’ve identified. (250 words minimum)

Potential Solutions: Describe three reasonable, feasible potential solutions or approaches that would help address this problem.

SOLUTION 1:   A possible solution that could benefit the school could be gaining things such as increased presence of police,  retired veterans and parents. Though they do not all need to carry firearms or tasers, their presence can prevent students from fighting and attempting to act inappropriately. If attempting to reduce the amount of violence at school, taking action to stop it within the school would significantly change the number of fights.

 

SOLUTION 2:  Another solution would be to hold district-wide fundraisers to raise awareness for the community and the assets for improved security systems, training more guards, and providing better training for the guards. If guards are better prepared to diffuse a threat, whether internal or external, they would also be better equipped to handle the problem in real life.

SOLUTION 3:  Arming a single security guard with an electric taser could give the students the motivation not cause havoc, thus helping the stop to fights in some public schools. The security guard wouldn't necessarily need to use it. Just having it may stop fights in the first place.

Reaction or advice from a Faculty Member or Topic Coordinator:

You must solicit a critique from a faculty member or a topic coordinator, whether in a proposal check-in meeting, a discussion during office hours, or in comments made in response to your actual proposal document, and explain the impact that advice has had on the final draft of this proposal.

Research process:

 

We spent upwards of 30 hours developing an idea for our own school due to the rise in student violence. A lot of the ideas we had for solutions came from our own personal fear for our safety, also with the help of past ideas from several sources in congress we were able to combine and further our ideas to create what you see today.

  Author contributions:

Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?

Nick- Research on the topic for use in the media artifact, solution development for the prospectus

Aiden- Solution development for the media artifact, solution development for the prospectus

Joe- Research for the prospectus, proofreading for the media artifact and prospectus

Brandon- Research for the media artifact, development for the initial topic, HTML editor for the website hosting the media artifact, HTML editor fot the prospectus

Formal Proposal

This is your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.

Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS....The history of school shootings and violence that have gone unnoticed to school administrators and other individuals who could possibly help.

 

WHEREAS....Students able to perform illegal activity on school grounds, without awareness of what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Only when caught, they can get punished through school or law enforcement.

 

WHEREAS.... Many students tend to be involved in violence which can cause a huge impact on their life like: future acts of violence, depression, stress, anxiety, and possible suicide.

 

(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED....

1.That having more rigorous security to resolve most issues prior to them happening

2.Training social workers, counselors, psychologists, and mental health professionals. This would provide stipends and tuition reimbursement to train more than 5000 mental health professionals to serve young people in our schools and communities.

3.Training school officials to be prepared for shooter situations would increase the chances of deterring an active shooter situation

(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)

Counter-arguments:

What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

1. Schools that belong to wealthy districts would not want to have metal-detectors or other such items in the building, as it may give a negative representation of the school or its students

2. The cost involved with training new guards, enhancing their training, and hiring more counselors would be too substantial to incorporate into the less wealthy districts

3. An increased number of guards may raise tensions between administrators and students, or may make some students feel uncomfortable   Costs and funding:  

What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from?  Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?  

Possible ways to raise funds to implement these changes could come from any number of places, such as fundraiser sites like GoFundMe,™ public donations, school art sales, or the promotion of the fundraiser through restaurants and shops. References:

These can include websites or other information you have found about the issue.

g language, etc.?


   

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/youthviolence/schoolviolence/data_stats.html

https://larsen.house.gov/press-release/larsen-leads-bill-reauthorize-school-safety-program

https://www.childtrends.org/indicators/physical-fighting-by-youth/

 

 

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