Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act:

“Without a doubt, the people who know best how to protect their schools are the teachers, administrators, police officers, and students in their own communities. As we saw in Florida, students and families saw obvious red flags and warned authorities repeatedly about their concerns for the shooter’s mental health. At the same time, schools are currently open targets for would-be attackers.

“No single solution will work for every state and school district to make schools safe, but there are best practices and reforms that can be applied to fit unique needs to help stop violence in our schools and identify the mental health warning signs of troubled youth. The STOP School Violence Act, authored by former sheriff of Jacksonville Representative John Rutherford, will provide grant funding for evidence-based training for law enforcement, school staff, and students to help identify and prevent school violence. This federal support for on-the-ground reforms enjoys bipartisan support and is supported by Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit started by family members of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. As our nation looks to the future, every school in America should be empowered to take the precautions they think are necessary to keep their students safe, and we will do everything we can to help them.”