Killeen: Congressman pushes new school violence prevention

Congressman Roger Williams pushes for support of school violence prevention legislation.

COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) Local school districts are throwing their support behind Congressman Roger Williams’ School Violence Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2019.

The newly introduced legislation would designate $2 billion over 10 years for violence prevention in schools across the country.

If passed,  schools would receive individual safety assessments and funding for equipment according to its needs.

The bill also expands Alyssa's law, requiring schools to be equipped with at least one silent panic alarm in the event of an active shooter.

The Austin Republican nitiated a moment of silence for victims of recent tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio during a presentation at Copperas Cove ISD's administration building Tuesday afternoon.

He touched on mental health issues but also believes a lack of core values plays a role in mass shootings. 

"We've got to reach out. Parents have to reach out, and we have to do the things that are very elementary that we just take for granted that are not happening right now," says Williams.

"We've got to go to church. We've got to go to Little League. We've got to go to the Girl Scouts. We've got to do things as a family."

When asked about bringing an end to hate groups,  Williams stated it was something he and President Donald Trump were throwing their support behind.

"There's no place in this country for hate groups, for hate speech. This is a country built on great opportunities and great people, so there's no place for that," he says.

He says he has other bipartisan ideas to address violence,  but his current focus is increasing support for the bill he introduced with Congressman Ted Deutch, D-Florida, in time for the new school year.

He hopes to get it pushed through by mid-September.

Copperas Cove ISD and Killeen ISD administration were also in attendance. They emphasized that residents should contact their representatives about supporting the bill.