Bloomfield, NJ Board of Education
United States of America

Without informing or considering input from the community, Bloomfield's Board of Education has approved $500,000 in the budget for the 2018-2019 school year to be spent paying for armed guards stationed in the Bloomfield elementary schools. Many parents of the elementary school students do not want their children exposed to guns in the school environment. As a result of this action by the Board of Education, many ideas have sprung forth to increase security in the schools against perceived dangers without bringing firearms into elementary schools. Parents would like informed alternative security solutions implemented.

SUPPORTERS: when the BOE hears from the community in their meetings, it is required that they give their address to show that they are part of Bloomfield. Please submit yours so that your signature and opinion is given the consideration it deserves. Thank you!

We, as taxpaying citizens, many of whom are parents and/or guardians of Bloomfield elementary school students, respectfully wish to express our opposition to the plan to have armed Class III guards at our elementary schools. Parents and taxpayers were not consulted on this decision, and we deserve to be part of the conversation and resulting actions.

While we are all concerned about the safety of our students, introducing firearms into the school environment does not engender the feeling of comfort and security that Bloomfield needs in our elementary schools and in our township.

We insist that the focus and funding of our tax dollars be spent on previously presented procedures still not yet implemented to properly secure, survey and monitor our elementary campuses, and continuing to improve lockdowns and emergency response drills.

We refuse to accept the vote to implement armed guards at our elementary schools.

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The Bloomfield Citizens and Parents Support Alternative Solutions in lieu of Armed Guards in Our Children’s Elementary Schools petition to Bloomfield, NJ Board of Education was written by Janet Treadaway and is in the category Education at GoPetition.