U.S. Department Of Justice Funds Safety For Oklahoma Schools

Monday, October 21st 2019, 10:08 pm
By: Robert McCarty

The U.S. Department of Justice is giving Oklahoma's schools more than two million dollars to boost their safety.

The grants can be used to improve school responses to bullying, addiction, and violence between students.

It'll cover the costs of counselors for students and the money will also go to improve the way schools coordinate with first responders in an active shooter situation.

The DOJ released the following in a press release regarding the funding: 

Today, the Department of Justice announced it has awarded more than $85.3 million to bolster school security—including funding to educate and train students and faculty—and support first responders who arrive on the scene of a school shooting or other violent incident. In Oklahoma, the grants award more than $2.5 million in funding to prevent violence in schools.

“These federal resources will help to prevent school violence and give our students the support they need to learn, grow, and thrive,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “By training faculty, students and first responders, and by improving school security measures, we can make schools and their communities safer.”

“Our schools should be safe havens where children can go to learn free from fear of evildoers. Moreover, parents should not have to fear for the safety of their children while at school. I’m proud the Department of Justice is helping to make Oklahoma schools safer. The Oklahoma Department of Education will receive more than $2.5 million in critical funds to enhance mental health services, training, and technology to safeguard our children,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. “Oklahoma’s children, teachers, school administrators and staff should know the United States Attorney’s Office and Department of Justice are committed to ensuring their safety.”

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