(CNSNews.com) - House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced Tuesday that the House will vote next week on a bill aimed at stopping school violence.
The STOP School Violence Act (H.R. 4909) was introduced on Jan. 31, 2018, by Rep. John Rutherford (R-Fla.), a former sheriff, and has 37 co-sponsors. It reauthorizes the grant program for school security in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968.
It would provide training to law enforcement, school personnel, and students to prevent student violence against others and self. It also calls for “the development and operation of anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence,” which will include cell phone apps, hotlines, and websites. The bill does not address gun control.
“You all know Sheriff Rutherford, the former sheriff of Jacksonville. He has a bill, the STOP School Violence Act. This is Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act. We will have that bill up on the floor next week. That will add to the FIX NICS bill sitting over in the Senate,” McCarthy said.
The FIX NICS bill was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). President Donald Trump has come out in support of the Fix NICS bill.
The STOP School Violence Act “would create a grant program to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement how to identify and intervene early when signs of violence arise, create a coordinated reporting system, and implement FBI & Secret Service-based school threat assessment protocols to prevent school shootings before they happen,” the Sunshine State News reported.
Furthermore, it “would boost school efforts to develop violence prevention programs and coordinate with law enforcement to improve school.”
“As a career police officer and sheriff for 12 years in my hometown of Jacksonville, I know first-hand the importance of communities working together with their law enforcement agencies to keep people safe,” the Sunshine State News quoted Rutherford as saying.
“This bill invests in early intervention and prevention programs in our local schools, so that our communities and law enforcement can be partners in preventing violent events from happening. We need to give students, teachers, and law enforcement the tools and training they need to identify warning signs and to know who to contact when they see something that is not right,” he said.