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H.R. 4909 (115th): STOP School Violence Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 15, 2018 (Referred to Senate Committee). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

After February’s Parkland high school massacre, a Republican bill introduced mere weeks before is now gaining significant traction — including the Democratic representative from Parkland. It just passed the House.

What the bill does

The Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Actwould appropriate $50 million per year for:

  • Schools to develop “threat assessment systems” in line with recommendations from the FBI and Secret Services, in hopes of stopping such would-be killers before they commit acts of violence.
  • Anonymous reporting systems to be implemented for use by students, teachers, or others to contact law enforcement about potential threats.
  • Improving school security through the use of technologies and increased …



2d Session

H. R. 4909


March 15, 2018

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To reauthorize the grant program for school security in the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018 or the STOP School Violence Act of 2018.


Grant program for school security

Part AA of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10551 et seq.) is amended—


in section 2701 (34 U.S.C. 10551)—


in subsection (a)—


by striking Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and inserting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance; and


by striking including the placement and use of metal detectors and other deterrent measures and inserting through evidence-based strategies and programs to prevent violence, which may include the use of appropriate technologies, including the placement and use of metal detectors and other deterrent measure and emergency notification and response technologies;


in subsection (b)—


in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by inserting after through the following: evidence-based school safety programs that may include; and


by striking paragraphs (1) through (6) and inserting the following:


Training to prevent student violence against others and self, including training for local law enforcement officers, school personnel, and students.


The development and operation of anonymous reporting systems for threats of school violence, including mobile telephone applications, hotlines, and internet websites.


The development and operation of—


school threat assessment and intervention teams that may include coordination with law enforcement agencies and school personnel; and


specialized training for school officials in responding to mental health crises.


Coordination with local law enforcement.


Placement and use of metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures.


Security assessments.


Security training of personnel and students.


Subgrants to State or local law enforcement agencies, schools, school districts, nonprofit organizations, or Indian tribal organizations to implement grants awarded under this section.


Acquisition and installation of technology for expedited notification of local law enforcement during an emergency.


Any other measure that, in the determination of the Director, may provide a significant improvement in security.



in subsection (c)—


by striking and has and inserting has; and


by inserting before the period at the end the following: , and will use evidence-based strategies and programs, such as those identified by the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative of the Department of Justice; and


in subsection (d)(1), by striking 50 percent and inserting 75 percent;


in section 2702 (34 U.S.C. 10552)—


in subsection (a)(2), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking child psychologists and inserting mental health professionals; and


in subsection (b), by striking this part and inserting the STOP School Violence Act of 2018;


in section 2704(1) (34 U.S.C. 10554(1)), by striking a public and inserting an;


in section 2705, by striking $30,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2009 and inserting $75,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2028, of which not less than $50,000,000 shall be available in each such fiscal year for grants for the activities described in paragraphs (1) and (4) of section 2701(b); and


by adding at the end the following:


Rules of construction


No funds To provide firearms or training

No amounts provided as a grant under this part may be used for the provision to any person of a firearm or training in the use of a firearm.


No effect on other laws

Nothing in this part may be construed to preclude or contradict any other provision of law authorizing the provision of firearms or training in the use of firearms.


Passed the House of Representatives March 14, 2018.

Karen L. Haas,