Rep. Deutch Applauds DOJ Implementation of the STOP School Violence Act
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) applauded the U.S. Department of Justice announcement of two new grant programs through the STOP School Violence Act (H.R. 4909), a bill that Rep. Deutch authored with Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) in January 2018.
“After meeting with parents who lost their children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I was determined to find a bipartisan solution to help schools and law enforcement work together so we don’t miss the warning signs that could prevent tragedy. Before we could finish our work on this bill, tragedy struck Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in my district,” said Rep. Deutch. “The shooting at Stoneman Douglas shouldn’t have happened. Our teachers and police officers must have the tools to stop a threat before it’s too late and help students access mental health care. This certainly isn’t the end of our fight against gun violence, but Congress should be doing everything it can to make our communities safe.”
“This critical funding will help prevent all forms of violence and self-harm in our schools and teach multiple generations of students and adults to be upstanders in making their communities safe from gun violence. We were proud to work with the bipartisan champions of this law to ensure millions more students will be trained to know the signs of violence and stop tragedies before they happen,” said Mark Barden, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and the father of Daniel, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.
The STOP School Violence Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump as part of the funding bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2018 on March 23, 2018, one day before the March for Our Lives events led by student leaders from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School raised gun violence awareness and called for action around the country. The law authorized funding for new violence prevention programs and coordination among law enforcement agencies and school administrators to identify threats and intervene to improve school safety.
The Justice Department has opened two new solicitations for a total of $50 million, one to train teachers and students how to respond to mental health crises and another to develop anonymous reporting systems to help identify violent threats. Both solicitations will close on July 22, 2018. Details are available here: BJA STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program FY 2018 Competitive Grant and BJA STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program FY 2018 Competitive Grant