Stop School Violence Act Passes House With Near Unanimous Support

(Worthy News) – The House of Representatives passed the Stop School Violence Act with broad support from both parties on Wednesday.

By a vote of 407 to 10 the House passed HR 4909, the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018, as part of Congress’s response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 dead. The bill would provide new grants to train law enforcement and school personnel on the warning signs for school violence and how to intervene to prevent that violence. It would also provide grants for anonymous alert systems as well as funding for advanced door locks, further cooperation between schools and local law enforcement, and funding for crisis intervention teams.

“At a time when people are asking Washington to do something, Congress took action today to not just do something, but to start addressing the problem with a strong bill of the Stop School Violence Act that gives students, teachers, and law enforcement more tools to actively identify a potential shooter before a tragedy happens,” Representative Steve Scalise (R., La.) said at a press conference after the bill was passed. “What we saw in Parkland was an example of so many breakdowns in government at the federal level, with the FBI, at the local level with local law enforcement. when so many students knew this was going to happen. I think the thing that irritates people the most is something wasn’t done to stop it before it did happen. We need to focus on stopping those tragedies before they happen.” [ Source: Washington Free Beacon (Read More…) ]

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