The SCV Signal: Suzette Martinez Valladares | ‘Saugus Strong Act’ Promotes School Safety

I’m an educator, special needs advocate and mom who has worked tirelessly for over a decade to ensure children have access to a quality education in a healthy and safe learning environment. Sadly, for too long our schools have experienced an unacceptable rise in violence on campus. 

Multiple studies demonstrate that bullying, fights, suicide attempts and school shootings are all happening more frequently. Over the past decade alone, the number of lives lost to teen suicide has skyrocketed, a record number of students reported being bullied frequently, and more than 10% of middle and high school students saw someone carrying a knife, gun, or other weapon on campus at least once during the school year. 

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