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Geneva D-304 OKs safe gun storage resolution

Action does not require parents' signatures

Geneva resident Steve McHugh speaks at the Oct. 13 Geneva District 304 School Boad meeting about the Student Safe Storage resolution, which advises parents about safety measures when they own guns.
Geneva resident Steve McHugh speaks at the Oct. 13 Geneva District 304 School Boad meeting about the Student Safe Storage resolution, which advises parents about safety measures when they own guns.

GENEVA – The Geneva District 304 school board approved a resolution Tuesday advising parents about safe gun storage, but left off a requirement for a parent’s signature.

The Student Safe Storage resolution advises parents about the dangers of unauthorized access to firearms as a student safety concern. It also reminds parents that guns in a household should be stored properly – where students cannot have access to them.

Geneva resident Steve McHugh, who presented the resolution last month, asked if officials could find a way to track how many people read the resolution electronically.

“It is an annual letter that goes out,” McHugh said. “So if you find that not a lot of people read it this year, make adjustments for next year. … If any parents ask for a lock, I do have over 100 cable gun locks.”

Superintendent Kent Mutchler said the resolution directs the superintendent to create an appropriate letter template.

Mutchler said he would put the information in an electronic format for parents.

The board voted to drop one of the directives in the resolution that would include the information in an updated student handbook.

Board Member Michael McCormick, who had objected to the signature requirement at the last meeting, said he was glad that it was removed.

The resolution comes from Everytown for Gun Safety, the National Education Association and the American Federal of Teachers, according to the background of the proposed resolution.

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