Lewis supports STOP School Violence Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jason Lewis (MN-02) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence (STOP School Violence) Act:
“We all want to make sure our schools are the safest places possible for our kids and teachers. Today the House voted on legislation that will help ensure that local schools and law enforcement have all the resources and tools they need to help keep children safe.
“The STOP School Violence Act helps bolster school safety by reauthorizing the Secure our Schools program, which provides funding for evidence-based safety programs. These include violence prevention training, anonymous reporting systems, crisis intervention teams, and local law enforcement coordination. Importantly, it gives school districts the flexibility to decide what safety measures are best for their unique needs.
“The program does not alter federal policy but empowers local schools. And that’s why it overwhelmingly passed 407-10 and earned the support of a wide range of groups including the American Federation of Teachers and the NRA. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to pass meaningful reforms that help improve the safety of our communities.”