A Letter to the Community on School Safety
Mar 7, 2018 - The Mercer Island Police Department, City staff, the City's Youth and Family Services Department (MIYFS) and the School District (MISD) have all received similar questions since the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida:
- How could a shooting like that have happened?
- Could that happen here on Mercer Island?
- What’s being done to prevent a school shooting from happening here?
Today, these agencies are publishing a joint letter to explain what is being done on Mercer Island. These efforts are not labelled “active shooter prevention” or “gun safety.” They exist in the social-emotional curriculum taught in classrooms, availability of mental health and police support in every school, and expert speakers coordinated by the PTA’s Parent Edge. Gun violence prevention requires a coordinated response rooted in stakeholder collaboration, evidence-based approaches, and in community mobilization.
The entire community is encouraged to read the full letter from Donna Colosky (MISD Superintendent), Cindy Goodwin (the City's Youth and Family Services Director), and Ed Holmes (MI Police Chief).