Yesterday, following a nation-wide school walk-out in response to the terrible shooting that took place at Marie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and after his vote in favor of the STOP School Violence Act, Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement:
"I believe it is among my highest responsibilities, and our collective responsibility, to ensure that our children have a positive and safe learning environment. As a father and a former teacher, I share in the views of our families that our schools should be a safe haven for our children, a place they can go to be protected from danger while they focus on their futures. Using their First Amendment rights, our children are paving the road to change -- it's our responsibility to make sure we act. I have cosponsored and supported the STOP School Violence Act to allow us to take necessary steps to protect our children in their schools."
School teachers and administrators from the Sixth District also voiced their support for the STOP School Violence Act:
"Enough is enough.... Our children are stepping up and it's our turn to do the same. The STOP School Violence Act gives us the funding we need to ensure that staff and students alike know how and when to alert our law enforcement officials about suspect behavior and allow us to better address mental health. Congressman Roskam's support for this bill shows his commitment to keeping our schools and our community safe and I thank him for his vote."
Dr. Brian Harris, Superintendent of Schools, Barrington School District 220
"Thank you to Congressman Roskam for taking steps to address school violence. The STOP School Violence Act is an important step in providing students, teachers and administrators with the training to alert law enforcement about potentially threatening individuals. As a teacher, I am thankful that Congress is taking important steps to help troubled individuals before they resort to heinous acts."
Jessica Garmon, Teacher, Kindergarten, Forest Glen Elementary School in Glen Ellyn
"I want to thank Congressman Roskam for being proactive on the issue of violence in schools and supporting this bipartisan measure. The STOP School Violence Act is an important step in helping prevent future atrocities from taking place. This bill would help more people get the help that they need, and in turn save more lives."
Katie Thorton, Teacher, 4th grade, Whittier Elementary School in Wheaton
"In order to help stop shootings in our schools, Congress needs to act. I want to thank Congressman Roskam for supporting this bipartisan effort on our behalf. The STOP School Violence Act is a step in the right direction."
Emily March, Teacher's Aide, Wiesbrook Elementary School in Wheaton, IL
"We need to be proactive to stop shooting atrocities at our schools, not reactive after the fact. The STOP School Violence Act is an important step in providing students, teachers and administrators the training to know why, how and when to alert law enforcement about potential threatening individuals. This way we can save lives and get these troubled individuals the help they need before they commit heinous acts against innocents. I hope to support our schools as they implement these grants as soon as possible to help protect our children and staff. I want to thank Congressman Roskam for supporting this bipartisan measure."
Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti, Regional Superintendent DuPage County Schools