Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor may be submitted to jstamey@independenttribune.com and mplemmons@independenttribune.com

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.

Grace Towler

Charlotte

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