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State Attorney General urges passage of EAGLES Act

State Attorney General William Tong is urging Congress to pass the EAGLES Act, a national program to prevent targeted school violence. The legislation is named after the mascot of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 people were killed February 14th, 2018. The Act would expand the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center with a greater focus on school violence prevention.

The Act’s safe school initiative contains research and training components, allows dissemination of evidence-based practices, and authorizes the Center to work with state and local officials to develop research and training.

In the letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, 37 attorneys general write, that it's unfortunate to have to turn to the threat assessment expertise of the Secret Service in order to keep educators and students safe at school, but that gun violence in schools has become all too commonplace.

They say every student and educator deserves to feel safe at school.  Tong says Connecticut knows too well, that isn’t the case.  He added that this federal legislation is an important tool in the fight to keep all forms of violence out of schools so that children can learn and grow in an environment free from fear.

NTAC was created in 1998 to provide information on threat assessment to the Secret Service and those who work in criminal justice and public safety. NTAC started studying targeted violence in schools after the Columbine High School Shooting in 1999 which led to the establishment of school threat assessment programs.

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