This petition will be sent to:
Kathy Garcia, Board President
Maria Mendez, Board Vice President
Cecilia Mendez, Board Clerk
AngelAnn Flores, Board Trustee
Lange P. Luntao, Board Trustee
Scot McBrian, Board Trustee
Candelaria Vargas, Board Trustee
Brian Biedermann, Interim Superintendent
Honorable President Garcia and Members of the SUSD School Board,
As a SUSD parent, resident and/or employee, I am appalled by the resolution to disband the Stockton Unified School District Police Department presented by Trustee Luntao.
This resolution seeks to take the tragic and unnecessary death of George Floyd and attempt to use that as a political platform to remove the Stockton Unified School District Police Department from SUSD, which would put OUR children at risk.
Unfortunately, we all know that Stockton has a reputation for being a dangerous city. We also know that school violence has risen over the last several years, and I sleep well at night knowing we have the Stockton Unified School District Police Department protecting OUR students and OUR schools.
The Stockton Unified School District Police Department is one of the largest and one of the most respected school police departments in the nation.
We understand recent national events have deeply hurt our community. However, our department is hurting too. The Stockton Unified School District Police Department treats our students, staff and visitors with the utmost respect because we are quite literally safeguarding the future of our communities.
Bottom line: Please do not allow the safety of OUR children and schools to be jeopardized.
School safety is a massive priority for my SUSD family, and I know it is for you as well.
Please do not pander to the political divisiveness of this resolution put forward by Trustee Luntao. Vote no on the resolution to disband the Stockton Unified School District Police Department so our children and schools can remain safe.