“This job of keeping our children safe, and teaching them well, is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of a community, and the help of a nation.”
— President Barack Obama, December 16, 2012
When schools are the centers of their communities, students, parents, and entire neighborhoods benefit. Ensuring that schools are sanctuaries for teaching and learning—and free of crime and violence—is a priority for President Obama, the administration, and the entire nation
Violence and trauma in schools and communities can affect students’ overall health and well-being as well as their educational outcomes.
All children should grow up free from fear and violence. Fortunately, most of America’s children do. But there are far too many schools and neighborhoods where fear and violence are part of a child’s daily life. This is unacceptable, and the President’s school safety-related proposals reflect a national goal of ensuring that all children live in safe neighborhoods and attend nurturing schools that provide them with the services and supports that they need to thrive.
The President has proposed a comprehensive plan, Now is the Time, to help protect schools and communities by reducing gun violence and providing resources to schools.