Governor Brown Signs Bonta's Safe Schools for Safe Learning Act to Increase Resources for Children Exposed to Gun Violence, Trauma

Friday, October 11, 2013

AB 514 Result of Oakland High School 'There Ought To Be A Law' Essay Contest

(Oakland, CA) – California students affected by traumatic events or violence related to gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma will soon have greater access to information, programs, and services as AB 514, authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), was signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week. Assemblymember Bonta made the following statement after the bill was signed:

"All forms of violence, including gun violence, have become a tragic fact of life for children in the 18th Assembly District and throughout the state. Oakland suffered from 131 homicides in 2012 and has faced 75 additional deaths related to gun violence this year. Young people in my district are faced with serious traumatic complications from growing up in a violent environment, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, which, among other things, make it difficult to become engaged and productive students.

"This year, I held a There Ought To Be A Law Essay contest, inviting students in my district to be a part of the solution by asking them what would make them feel safer at school. AB 514, which was submitted by Oakland High School students, is the result of that contest. AB 514 requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to post and annually update on the state website a list of statewide resources, including community-based organizations that provide support to youth who have been affected by gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma.

"I am confident that these important resources will be used by teachers, counselors, families and students, making a world of difference in the ability to cope with the effects of trauma,” concluded Assemblymember Bonta.

Contact: Amy Alley - (916) 319-2018