Tens of thousands of students have made a pledge against gun violence, via a statewide law enforcement project.
According to the federal prosecutor for South Carolina, U.S. attorney Bill Nettles, members of his office have met with 63,000 students from 131 middle and high schools across the state. The students signed a voluntary pledge that they will never take a gun to school, will never resolve a dispute with a gun, and will use their influence to prevent friends from using guns to resolve disputes.
Elementary school children are making a simpler commitment, pledging that if they see a gun they will not touch it, they will assume that any gun they see might be loaded and they will tell a teacher or a trusted adult.
The effort is part of South Carolina’s Project Cease Fire and the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, both federal programs aimed at reducing gun violence.
Nettles says, “The response to the pledge campaign this year has been tremendous, perhaps in part due to the renewed awareness of the threat of school violence after a high school student in Conway shot at a Student Resource Officer just last month.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office worked with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to make the pledges available to the schools.