Board Encourages More Input From APS Students

Students Address Safety Concerns
Posted on 03/27/2018
Image of Firestone CLC Students Against ViolenceAkron Public Schools makes safety and security a priority every day in its 45 school buildings. Security personnel work with Akron police. Both work together with staff and administration to coordinate all efforts.

Now, more and more, students are using their voices to make contributions to the process of making schools safer.

One example is a group at Firestone CLC. The Student Coalition Against Violence was represented at the Akron School Board meeting March 26, 2018, by six leaders of the ​alliance who delivered a list of demands for safer schools.

​In order of when each spoke to the board, Megan May​ -- a sophomore --​ outlined changes the student organization would like to see​. Among them is ​increased access to school counselors, increased training programs for emergency situations that school staff attend regularly and specific escape plans for each room in the school.

May urged cooperation on both sides, advocating working together with adults to change the situation and what she called "the fear that we face."

​Speaking after May, another sophomore, A’kyra Holley​, talked about gun safety in schools and beyond.

​Board members followed the students' remarks with words of encouragement for the students and the marches they organized.​ APS saw many of its students participate in last Saturday's March for Our Lives.

The school board ​has been openly opposed to the idea of arming teachers with weapons.

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