Fairfax County Faculty Board needs weapons banned from all faculty property

The Fairfax County Faculty Board needs to ban weapons on all properties they both personal or lease amid rising security issues. 

Presently, weapons are banned from faculty grounds, however that is not the case for some Fairfax County Public Faculties (FCPS) buildings not getting used for instructional functions like administration buildings.  

Laura Jane Cohen, who represents the Springfield district, is likely one of the faculty board members behind the proposal. Cohen instructed FOX 5 she hopes this occurs prior to later. 

“I believe it’s simply additional vital to make it possible for we all know that our employees and our elected officers after we go into a college board assembly, a piece session, that we all know firearms have been prohibited within the constructing,” she stated. 

Cohen says when she determined to run for workplace years in the past, she knew it wasn’t going to be a straightforward job however didn’t count on a number of the issues which have occurred over the past two years in her time on the varsity board.    

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“I didn’t think about that it might contain having a relationship with the West Springfield Police Division,” Cohen stated. “I didn’t think about we had been going to wind up needing safety cameras on our house. My youngsters, definitely I’ve reached out to their principal, and we’ve had conversations to simply be sure that they’re conscious when sure threats are available in.” 

Cohen tells FOX 5 like many faculty board members throughout the nation through the pandemic, she’s even obtained loss of life threats, and so they are available in by means of social media, e mail, letters, and cellphone calls.   

“A few of them are simply extra normal like, I hope you die,” Cohen stated. “A few of them are way more particular, and people particular ones are those that we elevate to the police division. Definitely, any of them which might be threatening in any manner we all the time ship to our security and safety workplace.” 


Tuesday, the Fairfax County Faculty Board unanimously agreed to have the superintendent and employees develop a draft coverage for the governance committee to think about by March 1st.   

The second a part of the proposal directs the superintendent and employees to evaluation curriculum, security protocols, {and professional} improvement associated to gun violence and suicide prevention, which officers say continues the varsity board’s work to stop gun violence.  

Cohen says the proposal now goes to the varsity board’s authorized workforce who intends to current a coverage to the governance committee.

The governance committee will work on the language earlier than presenting it to the varsity board in March.  

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