School Board Votes to Eliminate JROTC Shooting Ranges From High School Campuses

by on February 2, 2009 · 3 comments

in Education, Organizing, Peace Movement, San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA.  Late last night (Feb. 10th)  around 9pm, in a 3-2 vote, the School Board of the San Diego Unified School District voted to removed JROTC shooting ranges from district high school campuses.

Congratulations are due the Education Not Arms Coalition which has been fighting this for a year and to the 150 students from Lincoln, Mission Bay and other high schools who were at the school district offices and board meeting today for over 6 hours.

Here is the Resolution in the Matter of Eliminating Marksmanship Training From San Diego Unified School District Schools:

WHEREAS, the San Diego Unified School District has a zero-tolerance policy on
weapons in schools and seeks, as one of its primary goals, to teach students to resolve conflicts
without resorting to violence; and

WHEREAS, the District cannot risk sending a mixed message to students when some of
their lives have been recently taken by gun violence;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that any existing school district property used
for shooting ranges shall be immediately closed for that purpose and converted for other
educational uses by the beginning of the next regular school year.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that marksmanship training, whether it is conducted oncampus
or off-campus, and through textbooks or physical instruction, shall not be taught in
connection with the San Diego Unified School District and shall be discontinued immediately.

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Christian July 20, 2009 at 11:00 am

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Dr. Sanders September 30, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Someone seems to have forgotten that California Penal Code REQUIRES every high school in California to establish and maintain a JROTC unit.
Also, there is nothing in the CPC that permits a school district to exempt themselves from this law, nor are there any CPC/Administrative Code which grant any school district the authority to alter California State Law in any way whatsoever.
Lastly, the California Constitution mirrors the US Constitution in granting every California citizen the Right, not to be infringed upon, as granted under the First, Second and Fourth Amendments.
In short, the school district, or at least the individual members thereof, are in blatant violation of both California State Law, and the US Constitution.
Given the above, any discussion regarding “civil rights” by school board members, in any context, can only been seen as both hypocritical and disingenuous at the very least.


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