Statement Focus On ”Being Human,” Not Politics.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer Thursday issued the following statement regarding the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas. We are republishing the statement in its entirety and note the lack of politics with a focus on “being human.” We also note the resources that Mayor Singer shares.
STATEMENT FROM BOCA RATON MAYOR SCOTT SINGER.
As a parent and a human being, I’m horrified – again. No one should be lost to this senseless violence. These mass shootings should not happen, much less weekly. My heart is heavy and my thoughts are with all who also mourn.
Florida’s laws specifically preempt cities from regulating in the area of firearms. That means city governments are barred from even approaching this subject. It is up to Washington and Tallahassee to take any action to change any laws. If you have thoughts, please let your federal and state representatives know.
But there are things that our city can do and has been doing:
Support for School Police Efforts: The day after the tragic murders at MSD High in Parkland, our Boca Raton police officers were in every school in the city to assist the School District police. Shortly after, we entered into the first agreement by a city with the Palm Beach County School District to provide continued support.
Active Cooperation: Our law enforcement officers routinely share information with other agencies to detect, assess, and prevent threats.
Mental Health: The City has provided support for mental health counseling at our public high schools and provides funding to other mental health non-profits. In addition, many Boca employees, including police officers, have received enhanced training for dealing with individuals who have mental health concerns. Our nation’s funding for mental health is nowhere near enough. All levels of government – especially those that are not constrained – need to do more.
We continue to see the problem of powerful guns in the wrong hands of very troubled individuals who display warning signs. Bipartisan measures are pending in Washington to enhance red-flag laws, close loopholes in background-check laws, and give law enforcement needed tools to confront these threats. Congress can’t seem to agree on much, but they need to start with finding common ground on common-sense solutions. Again, call your representatives with your thoughts.
What else you can do:
Uvalde local charities are raising funds, including SAAFDN and more listed in this Texas Tribune article, among many others. The Uvalde school district has opened up a bank account to assist families here but FYI, this one is not tax-deductible. I spoke with the bank representative and another tax-deductible fund should be opened today. I suggest checking back at the website above or the district or bank website later today or this week.
If you need help or know someone who does, please call 211. Palm Beach 2-1-1 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referrals to community services for people of all ages.
If you see something, say something.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. There is no stigma in seeking help. I’ve sought counseling in my life when dealing with loss and grief, and I’m grateful for it. 211 can provide referrals to mental health providers, as can resources like https://namipbc.org/.
Check in and reach out to your friends and loved ones.
We are a community and here for each other.
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