U.S. Congressman Rick Allen (R-Ga.-12) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act, by a bipartisan vote of 407-10.
“The House took a bold step in addressing school safety today when we voted to pass the STOP School Violence Act with overwhelming bipartisan support. This important legislation provides schools, local law enforcement, and students the tools they need to stop threats before they become reality. Schools will be able to coordinate more with local law enforcement, make significant improvements to school security, and train students and personnel to identify violent behavior. As this bill goes through the legislative process and beyond, my fellow colleagues and I will continue the fight for school safety and to keep our kids secure.”
The STOP School Violence Act would reauthorize $75 million a year for a school safety grant program that would focus on evidence-based strategies to prevent school violence.