Prince William students care about school safety and have their own ideas for making their campuses more secure, some of which they voiced last week during a student town hall meeting at Forest Park High School.Kate Arnold, a Hylton High School senior and Prince William County School Board’s first appointed student representative, scheduled a series of student town halls back in January — weeks before the Feb. 14 shooting that took the lives of 17 students and teachers in Parkland, Florida.
Arnold’s goal was offer opportunities for students to voice their opinions on a variety of school-related issues.But school security and mental-health services were the hot topics of the March 1 town hall at Forest Park, the first to take place since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.Arnold, 17, expressed her own concerns, telling students she remembers worrying about school shootings even in elementary school. Back then, Arnold said she used to think about what she could do to rescue her younger sisters if their school were targeted by someone with a gun.
“I’m in all of your shoes, too. It’s really scary, the idea that somebody could come in my school when I’m there to learn and hurt me,” Arnold said. “That’s something that shouldn’t happen when you’re 8 years old and in school.”
Note: The Woodbridge District Town Hall takes place May 9, 6 pm at Freedom High School. Read the full story (link below) for information on other events in the series. All are welcome to attend, but only students may speak.