President Obama takes a big step today towards the war on accessing assault rifles and ammunition in our country. Imperial Unified School District Superitendent Lisa Tabarez says the action by President Obama is great but is only one part of a bigger picture that needs to be done.
"It is one step though in a multifaceted approach to this humongous social problem that we are having," Tabarez said.
She says guns can be taken away but the issue goes deeper.
"Guns will come and go. If someone wants to find a gun, let’s say the United States has no guns, someone will find a gun somewhere else if they want to find a gun," Tabarez said.
She adds mental illness... coping skills... and families to name a few have to be addressed.
"It’s incredibly important the mental health piece and just making sure that people feel listened to that we are able to support each other in that way," Tabarez said.
Tabarez says this all begins at home.
"Make sure our families are strong. Have dialogues in our families. It’s about what’s appropriate behavior. What boundaries are what coping skills are," Tabarez said.
The landscape of schools are different now. It used to be that teaching was the first priority. Tabarez said now it’s safety.
"Because after we have that safe environment then we know we can feed our children and then we can send them into the classroom and then they can learn," Tabarez said.
Tabarez says more conversation will take place in order to get something done to keep our children safe.