I am writing in opposition to Shaun Wiggins, Ed Cubanski and Dean Kolligian, candidates for Saratoga Springs School Board, who are being promoted by Saratoga Parents for Safer Schools (“SPFSS”). SPFSS and their candidates have only one issue, to put armed monitors back into schools.

The candidates’ bios on the SPFSS website don’t show any interest or experience in school board matters other than the gun issue. Such single-issue candidates, whether on the right or the left, are never qualified to be good leaders of anything. Their interests are much too narrow, and they generally have little interest in working with others to come to reasonable consensus on anything.

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SPFSS and their candidates claim that anyone who disagrees with putting guns back into schools does not consider the safety of our children a priority. This premise is ludicrous and is the type of accusation made all too often these days by groups trying to redirect a discussion. Such accusations do not add to the discussion and are not productive in reaching consensus. Reasonable people can disagree on how to improve school safety without vilifying others, but the goal of all people is to keep our children safe.

Finally, online research shows that the effect of putting guns back in schools is far from conclusive. The most common conclusion reported is no one really knows if guns make schools safer. There is no way to know if armed officers or monitors have stopped, or could have stopped, school shootings. There have been instances where having an armed officer did not stop a school shooting, such as the incident in Parkland, Florida. There are also studies that have shown having armed officers or monitors in schools can have a variety of negative effects on students and teachers.

Eric Rosenberg, Wilton

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