Sandy Hook Promise is supporting the STOP School Violence Act, HR 4909 and S 2495, to create new federal funding that will bring efforts like our Know the Signs programs to schools across the country, so students and adults know how to spot and report warning signs of gun violence before a tragedy occurs. Help us pass this important bill by taking action today!
What is the STOP School Violence Act?
The STOP School Violence Act will give our states the funding they need to bring life-saving violence prevention programs to schools. It will help train millions more students, teachers, and adults to prevent violence and suicide in our schools BEFORE it happens. The STOP School Violence Act invests $50 million in federal funding each year to:
- Train school personnel, local law enforcement, and students- to identify warning signs and intervene to stop interpersonal violence and suicide
- Develop and implement anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, in coordination with local law enforcement
- Train and operate school threat assessment & intervention teams, to preemptively triage threats before tragedy hits
- Enable better coordination between schools and local law enforcement
How Can I Help?
We need to build support for this important legislation! You can help SHP pass the STOP School Violence Act by calling your representatives now, and asking them to cosponsor the STOP School Violence Act to protect more children from gun violence.
Dial 202-224-3121, press 1 for the Senate and type in your ZIP code to get connected to your senators' offices. Remember, we each have two senators. Be sure to call them both!
Here's a script you can follow:
- First say your name and that you're a constituent.
- Then tell your representative's staff person that you urge the congressperson to pass S 2495, the STOP School Violence Act, because too few of our schools and law enforcement have access to evidence-based strategies to prevent youth violence.
- Mention that school violence can be prevented when schools and law enforcement have the tools to identify, intervene and help individuals who display at-risk behaviors.
- Let them know that this bill would prohibit the use of funding for arming teachers. It does not encourage profiling of students but instead supports proven programs like school threat assessment that help get people in crisis help and improve school climate.
- That's it!