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Hailey Hardcastle joins Gov. Kate Brown to promote two bills to fund the Oregon Safe to Learn Act.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Hailey Hardcastle attends a press conference on Feb. 12 to promote two bills to fund the ORegon Safe to Learn Act.A Sherwood High School senior was part of group of students who attended a press conference with Gov. Kate Brown Tuesday as part of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety's proposed legislation to establish a Statewide School Safety and Prevention System.

Hailey Hardcastle spoke briefly at the conference where the task force introduced two bills to fund the Oregon Safe to Learn Act.

The bipartisan legislation would establish a Statewide School Safety and Prevention System within the Oregon Department of Education, creating infrastructure to support all Oregon schools and Education Service Districts in the areas of bullying and harassment prevention, youth suicide prevention and mental wellness, and multidisciplinary safety assessment teams

"Taking preventative action is really the only way to ensure our students' future safety," Hardcastle said during the press conference. "After speaking to so many of my peers, I realize that I'm one of the lucky ones. I was in a district that has the means to upgrade our security and ensure our students well-being. But there are other districts that are still struggling to protect their students."

Last year, Hardcastle became the first Sherwood High School student to be elected student president of the Executive Board of the Oregon Association of Student Councils. At that time she and others met with superintendents and school administrators throughout the state with the association presenting them with a document titled "What Students Can Do." The document is a guide to helping prevent school shootings.

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