(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after voting in support of the STOP School Violence Act (H.R. 4909):
“As a father of four children, I understand the absolute importance of ensuring the safety and security of our children at school. The STOP School Violence Act is a common-sense approach that will help improve the safety of our children at school by helping ensure that law enforcement and schools have the training and technology they need to keep our children safe. It is important to secure the safety of our schools through a multifaceted approach that stops violence before it happens without infringing on the rights of law abiding citizens.”
Background: The STOP School Violence Act reauthorizes and amends the bipartisan 2001 Secure Our Schools (P.L. 106-386) program through the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, providing local law enforcement, school personnel and students with the tools they need to proactively prevent a threat. The legislation authorizes $75 million annually for state and local schools to make evidence-based investments in the development and operation of FBI & Secret Service-based school threat assessment teams to help schools to intake and triage threats before tragedy strikes.