Montana Governor’s Office
STEVE BULLOCK’S STATEMENT OF SUPPORT
STEVE BULLOCK’S STATEMENT OF SUPPORT
In the spring of 1994 I was pulled out of my last class before graduating from Columbia University School of Law. That afternoon I learned my 11-year old nephew had been shot and killed on a playground by another student in Butte, Montana. Jeremy Bullock was the unintended victim of what was, at the time, our nation’s youngest schoolyard shooting. I felt paralyzed.
Since that day in 1994, many other parents, families and teachers have felt the same sense of paralysis. But we must act. Each of us has a role to play in making our communities and schools safe places for our children. The solutions require planning and resources, but most importantly collaboration.
I encourage you to attend the Jeremy Bullock Safe Schools Summit in Butte to learn more about how schools in Montana and around the country are addressing this challenging topic and to collaborate with peers and experts as you develop action steps to take home and implement.
The Office of Public Instruction is one of Montana’s five constitutionally recognized offices headed by a statewide elected official. Every four years, Montanans elect a Superintendent of Public Instruction to manage the OPI. The OPI serves as Montana’s state education agency. Montana is a ‘local control in education state’ so much of the decision-making in education happens in our state’s over 400 local school districts by a locally elected board of trustees. The OPI exists to serve students, parents, and local schools.
The Montana School Safety Advisory Committee believes that school safety is a shared responsibility. The committee meets to collaboratively assist educators, parents, students, emergency responders, and community organizations to create a caring, respectful, and safe environment within all Montana schools.
Goal of the Committee
Provide outreach, resources, and support to all Montana schools as they prevent, protect from, mitigate, respond to, and recover from all natural, technological, and human-caused emergency and crisis situations.
Members of MSSAC include
The combined Jeremy Bullock Memorial Trust and Charities Through Jeremy were established in memory of Jeremy Bullock in 1994, following his tragic death at Margaret Leary Elementary School in Butte, Montana. Jeremy was the unintended victim of a school shooting on April 12, 1994. The trust and foundation were established initially to construct and maintain a sports complex adjacent to the Margaret Leary school, as well as to provide funding for local organizations in support of student safety- both in memory of Jeremy and to aid students of Montana.
Created as Charitable Organizations, they provide support and partnership from parents Bill and Robin Bullock, brothers and sister, Josh, Sam, Max and Kaity, grandparents Jack and Penny Copps, and uncle/aunt Steve and Lisa Bullock, as well as our extended families of Kate Stetzner and Ray Rogers to this Safe School Summit. We have a continuing goal of working towards having all children feel safe as they attend school and growing as strong citizens of Montana. We thank you for your participation in this Summit and even more, in taking back these learnings, sharing and talking about them, and continuing to improve student safety across Montana.
Butte Public School has a mission to create, in partnership with its staff, families and community, challenging opportunities for all students to be successful as they become responsible and contributing citizens and master the knowledge and skills essential for life-long learning in our changing and diverse world. The Butte School District is comprised of Butte High School, East Middle School, and its elementary schools: Emerson, Hillcrest, Kennedy, Margaret Leary, West, and Whittier.
Under the direction of Sherriff Ed Lester and Undersheriff George Skuletich, Butte Silver Bow Law Enforcement has a diverse staff of law enforcement professionals who serve and protect the communities of Butte-Silver Bow.