North Texas school district to ask parents to recognize gun storage law

The school district is asking parents to acknowledge Texas' gun storage laws. 

The school district is asking parents to acknowledge Texas’ gun storage laws. 

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Frisco ISD will soon ask parents to acknowledge that they are aware of Texas’ gun storage laws that require people to store firearms in ways that keep them out of children’s hands. The new initiative is part of a resolution that lays out some of the district’s gun safety awareness efforts, part of which will give parents the option to acknowledge that law. 

The resolution was approved 4-2 on Monday, September 12, with one board member absent. The two dissenting school board members were Stephanie Elad and Marvin Lowe. The dissenting members were backed by the conservative political action committee Families 4 Frisco that promotes “unbiased, non-politicized learning” and aims to “protect the values of the family within the educational setting,” according to the group’s website.

The resolution says a form will be created asking parents to acknowledge gun storage law. Lowe said in the meeting that he was concerned the district would use it to collect data on parents. He said that he didn’t believe it was the district’s “place” to ask parents to acknowledge the state law.

“Everybody doesn’t have the same problem when I look at guns,” Lowe said. “Some people … they see guns like a vehicle. The kids know how to handle guns. They’re trained in it.”

Board President Rene Archambault said that the form will not ask parents if they are gun owners. Trustee John Classe said he didn’t see it as any different than asking parents to sign and acknowledge the student policy handbook. Superintendent Mike Waldrip said the form could be included in a form when parents register their children, and could be as simple as checking a box. However, checking that box would be optional.

Still, Lowe made a motion to remove that acknowledgement form that was seconded by Elad. That motion failed. 

Houston ISD also asked parents to sign and acknowledge the Texas gun storage law form included in their first-day-of-school packets. The efforts come as legislators and Gov. Greg Abbott continue to ignore calls from parents and gun control advocates’ for policy reform, which have risen after the deadly mass shooting in Uvalde that killed 19 students and two teachers. 

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