We are so heartened that the "Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act," or "STOP School Violence Act" has now officially been signed into law. This new law provides a real, actionable opportunity for more schools and districts to prevent tragedy before lives are lost.
Four out of five school shooters tell someone about their plans ahead of time – and 69% tell more than one person. When our students and educators are trained in how to identify signs of gun violence and to intervene, they can prevent tragedies in their communities and save lives.
That’s why the STOP School Violence Act is so critical to our work to end gun violence. It provides $67 million in annual grants to state and local education agencies through the Bureau of Justice Assistance to bring evidence-based programs and strategies, learned since Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, to schools. This will help train millions more students to prevent school violence BEFORE a weapon ever enters a school campus.
Our Know the Signs programs encourage students and adults to identify, intervene and get help for at-risk individuals before the worst happens. You can bring these proven programs to your school by encouraging your superintendent and governor to apply for STOP School Violence Act funding this June. If you’re interested, sign up now to be notified when STOP School Violence grant applications become available.
These grants can be used to help schools take four specific actions, which you can learn more about here. We know all too well how sorely needed this law is. Sandy Hook, Parkland, and Marshall County were all preventable. We can’t change the tragedies that have already happened, but we can prevent future tragedies with help from the STOP School Violence Act.