Senator Heller, Bipartisan senators back bill aimed at stopping violence in U.S. schools
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
On Tuesday, Senator Dean Heller introduced new school safety legislation, and one of the key parts of the legislation focuses on the training of students and teachers to look for warning signs of violence before it happens.
Senator Heller along with a Bipartisan group of 21 other senators are backing the bill called “STOP.” Which stands for the "Students, teachers, and officers, preventing school violence act of 2018".
STOP would provide funding to train students, school staff, and law enforcement on how to identify potential threats. It would also provide crisis prevention teams, and improve security equipment and technology.
Matt Caldwell is the President of the Police Association for CCSD, he says he thinks the schools here in the valley could benefit from parts of this legislation.
"We can't catch every case and really school safety is everybody's job. It's the student's job, it's the staff's job, it's definitely the police departments job. We need help from everybody," said Caldwell.
Alex Slack is a Las Vegas mother, she says she supports the bill and thinks training students and teachers to be pro-active is a step in the right direction.
"Of course we'd all like to live in a world with unicorns and rainbows but that's not the society we live in today. I’d rather teachers or any adult for that matter to train my son to see the signs and understand that's not an acceptable behavior and could be a trigger for something else," Slack said.
Senator Heller who in the past has been criticized for his silence on the gun debate released a statement saying in part:
"This bill is a positive step toward assuring Nevada’s kids and their parents that we are committed to supporting a coordinated effort to stop school violence."
The proposed bill would provide 75-million dollars for the 2018 fiscal year, and then 100 million in annual funding for the next ten years.
However, Caldwell says while he approves of certain aspects of the bill he thinks it will take a lot more money to actually implement everything the legislation proposes.
"You’re talking about across the U.S. What does that come down to a million and a half per state roughly? I don't think that's enough money. There needs to be a lot more than that," Caldwell said.
Some of the resources suggested in the legislation are already in place in the state of Utah, and officials say it's been successful stopping 86 attacks since 2016.