I am part of a group of students from Mecklenburg and Gaston counties concerned about the School Security act of 2019 proposed in the N.C. Senate.
It would allocate $9.3 million to encourage teachers to carry concealed weapons, train them, and give pay raises to those who carry guns in the classroom.
We found a lack of student input in the bill's formation, so we surveyed students at 11 schools about their views.
After multiple attempts, we were only able to secure a meeting with one of seven N.C. senators. Senators need to be more available and willing to communicate with students because a democracy should include everyone's voice.
This process showed us that politicians do not value the voices of the students, even when they are most affected.