February 24, 2024

South Carolina teachers are pushing for change following guns found at three campuses this week at York County Schools.

Guns were found at Rock Hill High, Dutchman Creek Middle School, and South Point High earlier this week, and teachers from a coalition called Palmetto Teachers Association says something has to be done.

“We’ve got to have a sense of urgency. We can’t sit back and wait. We’ve got to act now to try and keep our kids safe,” said Patrick Kelly of the Palmetto Teachers Association.

Kelly and the Palmetto Teacher’s Association put together a school safety plan that he says will make school a safe, nurturing, and welcoming place for students.

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One of the changes the group wants to see is in a South Carolina law that currently has no requirement for gun owners to make a report if their gun is lost or stolen.

The group wants a mandatory reporting requirement.

“What happens in the community, what happens in homes inevitably bleeds into our schools, so enhancing school safety has to include enhancing community and safety in the home,” Kelly said.

The legislature would have to be involved to change the law, and while the teachers have not always seen eye to eye with lawmakers and the governor, there has been a lot of positive feedback with the proposal.

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“I don’t want any parent to endure the tragedy of losing a child or the additional pain that I think would come from knowing that was a stolen firearm that was involved that law enforcement didn’t have the tools in their tool kit to potentially take off the street or out of the hands of an individual who shouldn’t have it.”

The Giffords Center to Prevent Gun Violence says only 15 states have a mandatory reporting requirement for lost or stolen guns. North Carolina is not included in that number either.

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