Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz Intro Bill to Fund Metal Detectors and Bullet-Resistant Entrances in Schools
Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday introduced legislation that would allow local communities to utilize Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants for measures that they say would reinforce school safety. The School Security Enhancement Act would allow funds to be used to install metal detectors, bullet-resistant doors, and windows, as well as any technology that would reduce the time needed to disseminate information to parents regarding the safety of their children during and immediately following a crisis. The measure would also allow funds to be used for technology that covers and conceals students within the school during crisis situations, and install technologies to notify relevant law enforcement and first responders during such a situation. “This legislation will give schools the option to improve security by using federal funds for measures such as hiring security officers, implementing technology and reinforcing safety equipment to respond to a potential crisis. I am steadfast in supporting measures that keep our schools safe and prevent tragedy,” said Rubio. Cruz, who receives strong backing from the NRA, has consistently rejected gun restrictions as a solution to the plague of school shootings. He weighed in saying, “I believe the number one thing that makes schools safer is having more armed police officers on campuses. Expanding the use of these grants will empower our community leaders and education officials with the resources they need to strengthen our schools, hire school safety officers, and keep our children safe.” More here.