House Of Reps To Vote On School Safety Bill This Week

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote this week on a school security bill that would give more money to schools solely for security purposes. 

Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on the "STOP School Violence Act of 2018," exactly one month after the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

The legislation was introduced by Florida Republican Rep. John Rutherford, a former sheriff of Duval County. "STOP" is an acronym for "Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing."

Among other steps, the bill would provide: 

  • More training for school officials and local law enforcement to respond to mental health crises  
  • Money to develop anonymous reporting systems for threats 
  • Deterrent measures 
    • Metal detectors 
    • Locks

It's the first major vote on school safety since the Parkland shooting that left 17 people dead and sparked a nationwide debate over school safety and gun control.

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