I recall a couple of years ago after the massacre in Las Vegas and writing about how it was time to pass laws for background checks, closing the loophole at gun shows and banning assault weapons. I was told "It's too soon" by someone. My answer was that it's always time to talk about stopping senseless violence and protecting people. This was before the shooting at the school in Florida. This was before the shootings recently in El Paso and Ohio.
Williams and Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, introduced the legislation, to authorize federal grants for schools to make physical security improvements.
The bill authorizes $2 billion over 10 years for schools to first identify security risks and then address any shortfalls, according to the release.
All schools will be required to install at least one silent panic alarm for use in a school emergency, according to a previous Times-Review article. When it’s activated, it will directly alert the closest law enforcement agency of the emergency.
After touring the new academic wings of CHS, Williams discussed his bill to CISD officials.
“In the greatest country on earth, no parent should fear sending their child to school, and no child or educator should fear for their own safety in the classroom,” he said. “The time has come for us to all work together to find solutions to the threats that schools often face today.”