ATG NEWS RELEASE: HAWAII ADVOCATE GENERAL JOINS A BIPARTISAN COALITION OF 40 ADVOCATE GENERAL URGENT CONGRESS TO SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO PREVENT SCHOOL VIOLENCE
Posted on Apr 26, 2021 in Latest News, Newsroom
HONOLULU– – Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Connors, along with a non-partisan coalition of 40 attorneys general, urged Congress to pass the EAGLES Bill, a national program to prevent targeted violence in schools. The legislation is named after the mascot of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which killed 17 people on February 14, 2018. The bill would expand the US Intelligence Agency’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) with a greater focus on preventing violence in schools.
The Act’s Safe Schools Initiative includes research and training components, enables the diffusion of evidence-based practices, and empowers NTAC to work with state and local officials to develop research and training.
In the letter to the chairmen and senior members of the House and Senate judiciary committees, the attorneys general write: “It is unfortunate that we have to turn to the intelligence services to assess threats to the safety of educators and students at school to guarantee. But gun violence in schools has become all too common. “
“We must do what we can to protect our children from gun violence, including by making sure our schools are safe places where they can learn and grow,” said Attorney General Connors. “The EAGLES Act enables federal resources and expertise from the National Threat Assessment Center to be used in collaboration with state and local governments and communities to create environments that are protected from targeted violence.”
NTAC was founded in 1998 to provide threat intelligence information to the intelligence community and those working in the criminal justice and public security sectors. NTAC began studying targeted violence in schools after the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, which led to the establishment of programs to assess school threats.
Attorney General Connors includes the sponsors of the letter, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, and Attorneys General of: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, N. Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
You can find a copy of the letter here.
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