NTAC began studying targeted violence in schools in 1999 after the shooting at Columbine High School.
LANSING, Michigan – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a non-partisan group of 40 attorneys general in calling on 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 in mass shootings on February 14, 2018. According to Nessel’s office, the EAGLES Act would expand the US Intelligence Agency’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) with a greater focus on protection against violence in schools. It would also empower the NTAC to work with state and local officials to develop research and training.
“I urge Congress to pass the EAGLES Act to ensure that those charged with protecting and educating our country’s future leaders are given the best possible training and tools to ensure the safety of students to ensure, “said Nessel.
NTAC was established in 1998 to provide threat assessment 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.
In a letter to members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, the Attorney General wrote: “It is unfortunate that we need to turn to the intelligence services to assess threats to ensure the safety of educators and students in schools have become too common. “
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