Bucks County Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick announced Tuesday several grant opportunities focused on school safety. The grants resulted from the congressman’s support of the STOP School Violence Act, passed into law earlier this year.

The STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program and the STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program are open for applications and will close on July 23, 2018.

 “We must respond to the senseless violence occurring in our children’s schools. . . all options must be on the table to keep our kids safe. We must address this problem from all pressure points, to include the legislative component, the mental health component, and the school safety component,” Fitzpatrick said. “These grant opportunities are one way to make schools safer.”

The STOP School Violence Act, co-sponsored by Fitzpatrick created a grant program administered by the Department of Justice to train students, teachers, school personnel and local law enforcement how to identify and intervene early when signs of violence arise.   It also creates an anonymous reporting system and implements school threat assessment protocols to curb school violence.    -PW