WASHINGTON – The United States approved the allocation of more than $70 million in grant funding to bolster security in schools to counter mass shootings, the US Department of Justice said in a statement on Tuesday.
The funds aim to “bolster school security, educate and train students and faculty, and support law enforcement officers and first responders who arrive on the scene of a school violence incident.”
“President Trump and his administration will ensure the safety of every American school,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in the statement.
On Feb. 14, a shootout at a school in Parkland in Florida had left 17 dead, while another on May 18 had left 10 dead in a school in Santa Fe, Texas.
The statement also said that the department is investing over $1 million to “examine factors that contribute to mass violence, identify any patterns in mass shootings, analyze psychological and social life histories of mass shooters and community-level predictors of mass violence, and will examine firearm purchasing patterns of known mass shooters in order to create a risk prediction tool.”
The White House had proposed to counter mass shootings in schools by arming school teachers, against the backdrop of spiraling demand in the country for reforming gun laws in the country.