Boulder Valley School District

Help keep our students: keep a watchful eye, secure firearms

Carolyn Nohe

Ways to safeguard your home
Secure or remove dangerous items. Here are some examples:

  • Fireworks

  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications 

  • Car keys

  • Pools (above or below ground)

  • Firearms and ammunition (consider locking up in separate locations)

Check out this helpful brochure from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:

○ Safeguarding Your Home - English 

○ Safeguarding Your Home - Spanish

Safe gun storage and suicide prevention
As you may know the BVSD Board of Education recently passed Resolution 21-12 in Support of Secure Storage encouraging gun safety and especially the secure storage of firearms.

They were moved by the startling statistics:

  • An estimated 4.6 million American children live in households with at least one loaded, unlocked firearm.

  • Did you know that every year, nearly 350 children under the age of 18 unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. Another 590 children die by gun suicide each year, most often using guns belonging to a family member

  • In incidents of gun violence on school grounds, 75 percent of active shooters are current students or recent graduates, and 78 percent of shooters under the age of 18 obtained their guns from their own home, a relative’s home, or from friends

    The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center recommends appropriately storing of weapons to prevent school attackers from acquiring firearms

Research shows that secure firearm storage practices are associated with up to a 78 percent reduction in the risk of self-inflicted firearm injuries and an 85 percent reduction in the risk of unintentional firearm injuries among children and teens. Learn more on the Be SMART website.

Additionally,  It is a common misconception that a seriously suicidal person will inevitably find a way to die. In fact, most youth suicides are impulsive, with about 69% of attempts escalating from ideation to action in less than 30 minutes. When a lethal method is unavailable at the height of a crisis, the likelihood that the crisis will pass without a fatal outcome is significantly increased. The single best thing caregivers can do to reduce risk of suicide is to reduce access to lethal means in times of crisis. Means safety is most effective when individualized to each family, depending on potential suicide plans. 

If you are concerned that your child may be experiencing changes in their mood or suicidal behaviors or thoughts, please remember to:

You can find specific suicide prevention resources on our Health, Wellness and Prevention website, in the suicide prevention section.

Additionally, you can find an abundance of mental health and community resources on our Help for Students page here

Safe2Tell is available 
We want students to know that it is incredibly courageous to ask for help for yourself or someone else who needs help. Safe2Tell, the same anonymous intervention and prevention program is available to them all year long 24/7 at 1-877-542-7233, at Safe2Tell.org, or through the Safe2Tell mobile app. 


 

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