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

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 30, 2018 (Introduced).

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


January 30, 2018

(for himself, Mr. Rogers of Kentucky, Mr. Kilmer, and Mr. Deutch) introduced the following bill; which was 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 training and technical assistance to prevent violence;


in subsection (b)—


by striking paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) 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.



by redesignating paragraphs (4), (5), and (6) as paragraphs (3), (4), and (5), respectively;


in paragraph (3), as so redesignated—


by striking crisis and inserting school threat assessment and; and


by inserting and school personnel, after law enforcement agencies; and


by inserting after paragraph (5), as so redesignated, the following:


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



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; and


in section 2705—


by striking $30,000,000 and inserting $50,000,000; and


by striking 2001 through 2009 and inserting 2019 through 2028.