On the morning of March 14, 2018, exactly one month after a horrific school shooting claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., The Michigan Daily published an op-ed addressing the lack of attention University of Michigan Central Student Government campaigns were giving to gun violence prevention. The author, Public Policy senior Charlie Callis, specifically named five CSG campaigns, including True Blue, which had failed to discuss how they would help ensure the safety of students at the University of Michigan should the tragedy of gun violence ever touch campus.
True Blue would like to thank Mr. Callis for calling on Central Student Government and the University to take action. It is crucial that CSG step up and advocate for policies that will ensure the safety of students.
This is why, last week, True Blue added that we will advocate to “establish a mandatory active shooter training through UMPD for all faculty on campus” to our platform. We find it imperative that our faculty be thoroughly trained to protect themselves and their students in the event of an active shooter. We know that this is not the definitive solution to the issue of gun violence on campus, and look forward to creating and implementing additional solutions to improve student safety on campus.
We have built our campaign on using the insight of our students in order to make a meaningful impact. We agree with Mr. Callis that we must listen to our students in order to make our campus a safer place where students can learn, thrive and know that their Central Student Government is taking measures to protect them. Our priority will always be students and their safety: physically, mentally and emotionally.
True Blue is a 2018 CSG party.