Kansas' Marshall believes STOP School Violence Act will make America safer

Co-sponsored by Rep. Roger Marshall, the bill would provide funding that will help students and school staff recognize warning signs of potential violence.
Co-sponsored by Rep. Roger Marshall, the bill would provide funding that will help students and school staff recognize warning signs of potential violence. | File photo

Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) said he is glad the House passed the Student, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018.

“We are all human first, and we all deserve for our loved ones to feel safe in public spaces,” Marshall said in a press release. “I am heartened that today, we passed legislation that will give crucial assistance to our communities and help prevent these tragedies in the future.”

The bill, H.R. 4909, co-sponsored by Marshall, will provide funding that will help students and school staff recognize and quickly respond to the warning signs of a school attack. Part of the funding would be used to create an anonymous reporting system, a hotline and a website where individuals can report suspicions or offer tips about people they think may commit a violent act.

“This legislation goes beyond keeping our schools safe, this bill will help our communities work together to identify threats in all public spaces, like airports, stadiums, malls, etc.,” Marshall said. “Our children, educators and officers will now have the resources to report and better understand the warning signs. We as a nation, will be much safer with this law.”

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