21 bipartisan Senators, introduced the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, a bill to fund school security improvements and…
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), along with 21 bipartisan Senators, introduced the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, a bill to fund school security improvements and invest in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it occurs.
“Those tasked with protecting the lives of our school children should have access to the latest evidence-based safety training,” said Sen. Cornyn.
Background on the STOP School Violence Act of 2018:
This bill reauthorizes and amends the 2001-2009 bipartisan Secure Our Schools Act to offer Department of Justice grants to states to help our schools implement proven, evidence-based programs and technologies that STOP school violence before it happens.
The bill allows grants to fund evidence-based programs and practices to:
- Train students, school personnel, and local law enforcement to identify warning signs and intervene to stop school violence before it happens;
- Improve school security infrastructure to deter and respond to threats of school violence, including evidence-based technology and equipment, and the development and implementation of anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence;
- Develop and operate school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams to take in and triage threats before tragedy strikes; and
- Facilitate coordination between schools and local law enforcement.
The bill would authorize $75 million for FY 2018, and $100 million annually for the next ten years, which may be partially offset from a DOJ research program called the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.
This bill was jointly introduced by the following Senators;
Amy Klobuchar, D- Minnesota
Mitch McConnell R- Kentucky
Chuck Grassley R-Iowa
Tom Udall D-New Mexico
Dean Heller R-Nevada
Bill Cassidy R- Louisiana
Shelley Moore Capito R-West Virginia
Susan Collins, R-Maine
Marco Rubio, R-Florida
Chris Murphy D- Connecticut
Richard Blumenthal D- Connecticut
Bill Nelson D-Florida
Debbie Stabenow D- Michigan
Heidi Heitkamp D-North Dakota
Tammy Baldwin D-Wisconsin
Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio
Doug Jones, D- Alabama
Angus King, D-Maine