In her latest Under the Law column for Phi Delta Kappan magazine, UW-Madison’s Julie Underwood takes a look at the mixed messages about guns and schools.
Underwood is a professor of law and educational leadership and policy analysis at UW-Madison, and the former dean of the School of Education.
In the article, Underwood starts by explaining that even though parents overwhelmingly believe their children are safe at school according to a national poll, high-profile cases of school violence, such as the massacres at Columbine High School (1999) and Sandy Hook Elementary School (2012), put everyone on edge and force people to think about how to best keep schools safe.
In response to public concern, federal, state and local governments have all taken conflicting stances on the issue of guns in schools.
Underwood goes into detail about the history of gun-in-school policies on each of these levels.
In the end, the weapons ban from the Gun-Free School Zones Act continues, but the conversation and debate is far from over.