Student Starts Anti-Gun Petition Against PUSD

The online petition calls on the Pasadena Unified School District to stop purchasing supplies from businesses that manufacture or sell guns.

In the wake of gun-related tragedies around the country, students in the Pasadena Unified School District are asking the district to stop supporting businesses that manufacture or sell guns. 

The petition, which is online through change.org, states:

After witnessing the multitude of gun related tragedies that have occurred recently, we feel the need to change the accessibility of guns in our society. Although we cannot directly pass any laws concerning gun control, we are hoping to boycott industrial superstores that sell these weapons and ammunition (such as Big 5 and Walmart). To do this, we are asking you, the PUSD School Board, to stop buying supplies from said stores. 

Those who sign the online petition can also choose to state their reason for signing. As of Friday at 12:26 p.m, 116 people from Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre had signed the petition, which is aiming for 200 supporters total. 

Roxana Honowitz is credited with the petition online. It is unknown whether or not she is related to Pasadena Unified School District Vice President Ed Honowitz, though he has three children in the district according to his PUSD online bio.

What do you think of the petition? Have you signed it? Share your thoughts below.

Louis Educe January 28, 2013 at 11:46 PM
well as of 1/28 @ 3:35 there are 189 people who have signed her petition online. I doubt all of them are affiliated with Mr. Honowitz. If you read the link above to the LA Times blog it states that it was a student club which chose to create the petition, and while Roxana is stated as being one of the student leaders, I am sure it was more than just her vote alone which got it done. As I also stated, if the district board takes any action on this petition he should recuse himself because of her involvement. The rest of the board should be able to make an informed decision, and choose the perception they want to project to the community on this issue. Hopefully every choice made in the education of our youth today isn't based on the bottom line costs involved.
Louis Educe January 28, 2013 at 11:56 PM
I couldn't agree more, at a recent Sierra Madre parent meeting I had my question asked about the state of "lockdown supplies" currently in-place in the classrooms - We were told by both the upper and lower principals that there were none in place unless the teachers had done it themselves (Earthquake supplies in bins on playground -yes) They know this is an issue and are looking a funds to get supples in place. The retro fitting of door locks on the older doors was also mentioned (new construction have different locks and handles) they talked about having all doors always locked and either you just have to open them when knocked on or propped open with a stopper which can be kicked out and the door pulled shut (neither option is best - but both are better than having to go out into the hall). here is a link to what I bought for my own classroom a few years ago after a lockdown we had: http://www.myproship.com/index.aspx?StId=548&ShId=71aef274b2bb447290022ddd28820766&tab=13&Qtype=2&sku=6401L FYI - all school doors for classrooms by code have to open OUT due to fire regulations.
pusddad January 29, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Shelley: are you saying this petition is merely a Honowitz ploy to enrich himself and/or his cronies?
D Shelley January 29, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Louis, FYI all classroom doors at Jefferson, in the fairly new construction area open IN to the classrooms from interior hallways except for a couple near the principal's office that open OUT onto a narrow hallway. The doors that open out are across from restrooms and the nurse's office that also have doorways that open out. When everyone tries to exit at the same time (like in a fire) the hallway is virtually blocked by doors. There are also huge windows on the inside with no blinds which allows anyone strolling down the hallway (carrying a gun) to see inside the classroom (nowhere to hide). A few years back, a Pasadena police officer came in and advised teachers to paper over the interior windows with decorations and work with their doors locked. The officer likened the school layout to a "shooting gallery". The next year, the new principal, Hoori Chalian, ordered teachers to tear down the paper and to not ever lock their doors when they were teaching so that she wouldn't have to bother taking her keys out to enter the room. When teachers objected to tearing down the paper, they were told that they would be written up if they left it up or locked their doors. (Of course the Ms. Chalian immediately ordered heavy curtains for HER interior windows and always worked with her door CLOSED AND LOCKED!!!) As the Pasadena police officer told us, "In the PUSD, it's not a matter of IF, it's a matter of WHEN!" The very next week, Blair went into lock down over a gun on campus.
Ivan G January 29, 2013 at 01:49 AM
To D Shelley: It is every bit as logical as boycotting stores that sell guns and ammunition. True, there are some people who do not appear to be harmed by eating these products, just as there are some people who smoke and live to be 90. Equally, the vast majority of our population is not harmed by a firearm, and some benefit from firearms. (For example, some people have fended off home invasions.) Research is very clear that butterfat consumption promotes high cholesterol and heart disease in the population at large. In fact, whole milk and 2% milk are banned from school luch programs. If the goal is to save lives, boycotting stores that sell whole milk (or tobacco products) would be more productive.


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