Wednesday is National Student Pledge Against Violence Day, and school administrators in Santa Fe are encouraging students to sign a pledge promising not to use guns to resolve conflicts.
“We feel it’s very important, because way too many children are needlessly killed by handguns and gun violence,” said School Board President Steve Carrillo. “We feel that this pledge empowers students to take responsibility for their own lives and their own situations, and to encourage other students.”
Carrillo didn’t know how many students had signed the pledge so far. But he said the issue of guns in schools is close to home for many students and educators here—last year a 12-year-old Roswell middle school student shot and seriously injured two of his classmates. Earlier this month a Santa Fe middle school went on lockdown when a student brought a starter pistol to class. No one was hurt in that incident.