Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder made a surprise visit to Saline April 4 to talk with high school students and staff about school safety. The visit, kept under wraps at the request of the governor’s staff, was the first of several the governor plans at Michigan schools, according to people in attendance.
“He talked to the students and staff about their ideas and feelings about school safety,” Saline High School Principal David Raft said. “He was very engaged and the students did a great job. It was a productive discussion.”
Joining Governor Snyder were Raft, Dean of Students Patti Fosdick, teachers Trish Fair and Jason Schmier, school resource officer Sean Booth and students Nolan Wright, Michael Lance, Rosie Kendall, Kelly Coughlin, Oliver Chapman, Hayden Thomas, Eleanor Smith, Brittany Bryant, Bridgett Skelly, Brianna Camero-Sulak and Madison Caldwell.
Rosie Kendall said students talked about gun policy, school infrastructure changes, mental budgeting, access to mental health, gun control laws and things that can be done to combat gun violence in schools.
“After the meeting concluded I got the impression that Gov. Snyder and his team are completely dedicated to helping Michigan ensure the safety and well-being of all students,” Kendall said. “Even though our meeting was only an hour long, Gov. Snyder was eager to further the conversation of school safety and to ensure that policy and change will be made in Michigan.”
Students from Saline and other schools will engage US Rep. Debbie Dingell, State Rep. Donna Lasinski, State Rep. Yousef Rabhi and State Rep. Ronnie Peterson at a forum held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 7, at Pioneer High School. That forum is being hosted by Washtenaw Youth Initiative.
The forum is open to the public.