Joe Schiavoni and Stephanie Dodd Stand with Students to Demand School Safety and Gun Reform

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OHIO – Today, Senator Joe Schiavoni, candidate for Governor, and Stephanie Dodd, candidate for Lt. Governor, joined students around the country in a national walkout to demand school safety measures and common sense gun reform.

Joe spoke to students at Chaney High School in Youngstown during today’s walkout. Stephanie spoke to students at Warren Local High School in Vincent, Ohio.

“These students are an inspiration. They embody the new generation of leadership we need at every level of government,” said Joe Schiavoni.

Students are taking action where adults have failed and holding politicians accountable. Stephanie and I will work hard to be the leaders they deserve.”

Around the country, students walked out of their classes this morning (most at 10:00 am), for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives lost in the Parkland shooting one month ago today.

Many students used this time to call on legislators to help prevent future shootings with basic firearms regulations. Others demanded action on issues such as bullying, mental health, and school safety.

“I am proud of and inspired by the students across Ohio who are willing to engage in difficult conversations and take a stand for their own safety,” said Stephanie Dodd.

“These students are the future of our great state.”

Joe and Stephanie know there are ways to prevent tragedies like Parkland without infringing on anyone’s rights. Over the past several years, they have fought back against legislation that loosens restrictions on firearms.

In addition, Joe has three times introduced a bill to increase school safety measures. He has also sponsored several bills to help prevent bullying and increase mental health resources in schools.

In the month since the Parkland shooting, Joe and Stephanie have laid out a detailed plan to address gun violence, and Joe has begun introducing legislation as pieces of the plan.

For example, he is joint sponsoring an extreme risk protection order (red flag) bill with his colleague Senator Sandra Williams.

Yesterday, Stephanie Dodd introduced a resolution on the State Board of Education to require mental health standards in schools. The Board will vote on this resolution next month.

Joe and Stephanie’s plan to address gun violence can be found here.