Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) helped the House pass H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act of 2018. This bipartisan legislation she cosponsored will provide grant funding for evidence-based training to prevent school violence. Included in this measure is training for local law enforcement, school staff, and students to help identify and to try to stop student violence against themselves or others.
“We must do more to keep our children safe in schools, and I am pleased to support this important legislation to prevent school violence,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I am a strong supporter of 2nd Amendment rights and will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress on bipartisan solutions to help these tragic incidents of gun violence. I have also cosponsored legislation to ban bump stocks, voted to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and helped pass legislation that was signed into law to reform our federal mental health system. I will continue to engage with local law enforcement departments, teachers, and school superintendents on more possible solutions to ensure safe environments for our students.”
This legislation provides funding for:
- Evidence-based technology and equipment to improve school security, including metal detectors
- Development and operation of school threat assessment and crisis intervention teams
- Continued coordination with local law enforcement
- Technology and equipment to improve communication between law enforcement, students and school officials