Gun Violence Prevention

School is the safest place for young people. Check-out these age-appropriate scripts to talk to your child and calm fears about practice drills, school schootings, and read about gun safety tips too. 



How to talk to your kids about lockdown drills

Kids are back in school, which means they might be asked to practice lockdown drills—and that can be scary! I have a script to help you talk about it with your kids.

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What to say to kids about school shootings

School shootings are a terrible reality in today’s world. Follow this age-by-age script to talk about this difficult subject with your kids.

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Important gun safety tips for families

In 2020, guns became the leading cause of child deaths in the US. Here are some safety tips that can help protect your kids from guns.

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Safe Storage Saves Lives: Help Prevent Gun Violence

San Diego Unified is joining San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention in reminding parents and guardians of their responsibility to prevent young people from gaining access to unsecured firearms.

Safe storage – meaning that guns are locked, unloaded, and kept separate from ammunition – is the law and helps keep our children and schools safe.

The City of San Diego’s Safe Storage of Firearms Ordinance, which went into effect in September of 2019, requires city residents to safely lock or store firearms that are inside their residences when the firearm is not within the immediate control of its owner or of another authorized user. Trigger locks, gun safes, or lock boxes are all viable safety options.

Keeping firearms securely stored helps prevent small children from accidentally accessing the firearm and unintentionally shooting themself or others; it also reduces the possibility that older children can use an unsecured firearm to commit school violence or suicide, scenarios that unfortunately happen every day in this country. 

If you wish to learn more about firearm safety, safe gun storage, and other steps parents, students, and school staff can take to help reduce gun violence in our community, please visit our Gun Violence Prevention page online. 
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