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Stivers Votes for House Passage of Bill to Help Keep Students Safe at School

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Washington, March 14, 2018 | comments
Today, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) voted in support of H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act, introduced by Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL). This bill creates a grant program to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement how to identify and intervene early when signs of violence arise. The legislation also creates a coordinated reporting system, and implements FBI & Secret Service-based school threat assessment protocols to prevent school shootings before they happen. Stivers is a cosponsor of the legislation, and it passed the House by a vote of 407-10.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) voted in support of H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act, introduced by Congressman John Rutherford (R-FL). This bill creates a grant program to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement how to identify and intervene early when signs of violence arise. The legislation also creates a coordinated reporting system, and implements FBI & Secret Service-based school threat assessment protocols to prevent school shootings before they happen. Stivers is a cosponsor of the legislation, and it passed the House by a vote of 407-10.

“As a father, I want to ensure the safety of all of our kids as we send them off to school. It is important that we do not over simplify the issue, but carefully look at all of the factors and examine how we can best address them to prevent future school shootings,” Stivers said. “A holistic approach does include gun laws, but it also includes factors like our mental health system, school safety, proper law enforcement responses to tips, resources for parents, guardians, and school administrators, and how we treat each other as a society as a whole.

Stivers continued, “This legislation was an important first step in addressing school safety, but there is still more work to do. Moving forward, I support banning bump stocks and other devices that turn firearms into automatic weapons. I also support raising the age limit for purchasing semiautomatic weapons, strengthening our federal background check system, and improving school safety by increasing funding for schools to have metal detectors and armed resource officers. I also believe we need to better fund mental health programs to ensure people can receive the help they need. I look forward to working on all parts of this issue to keep our communities safe.”

For more information about the STOP School Violence Act, click here.

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