A Santa Cruz County grand jury released a report Tuesday that said most public schools do not have up-to-date safety plans.
Read more here: KION News May 25, 2016
And then we received this:
I wanted to share with TBSC a letter I submitted to Mayor Mathews and the City Council. Hopefully you can post this on TBSCs FB site.
Tragedy at Bayview Elementary School Carnival
Dear Mayor Mathews and the Santa Cruz City Council,
Last Friday night my family went to our daughter’s School Carnival at Bayview Elementary right down the street from our house. It was a wonderful fun filled school community event until it ended in tragedy. I was waiting in line for the girls’ bathroom with a few kids in front of me when all of a sudden a mom in the bathroom called out for help. There was a woman lying on the floor of a locked bathroom stall. I ran in to help and told another parent outside to keep the kids back. We pulled the woman who was on the floor out from underneath the stall. She was stiff and blue. She was dead. As the other woman started doing chest compressions, I told everyone to stay back told the DJ to make an announcement asking any medical or first responders to come to the bathroom. I ran to find my friends, who are both doctors, who were about to leave with their six-year old son. They raced to the bathroom to do anything they could to help her while I held their son and my daughter’s little kindergarten hands. The Principal and Bayview School Community jumped in to save this woman’s life. I still don’t know whether she made it.
Here is what I do know:
I know that in the bathroom a faint heart beat was restored with a combination of Narcan, a drug that helps people who are overdosing on narcotics, and CPR. She wasn’t a parent at the school. She had a needle on her. I know an elementary school girl was the first to see her and I know that I am sick of this. This is not OK. There is a drug epidemic going on and the City of Santa Cruz needs to address it and make significant changes to combat it. What you are doing is not working. We can’t ignore that this problem is so pervasive it invades even the most innocent, sweet community events. From needles at the beaches and parks to someone overdosing at my child’s school Carnival to my neighbor’s house being broken into twice in one week. Enough is enough. What are you going to do about this? The community deserves answers and action.
YES – OUR COMMUNITY DOES DESERVE ANSWERS AND ACTION