A closer look at the White House’s school safety plan
By Christen Smith
President Donald Trump gives the thumb’s up on improving federal background checks last month. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
President Donald Trump this week unveiled a four-pronged plan of defense against future school shootings, focusing on “hardening” schools, improving background checks, increasing access to mental health services and examining the impact of future policy proposals on curbing school violence.
“Every child deserves to grow up in a safe community surrounded by a loving family and to have a future filled with opportunity and with hope,” Trump said Monday of the new initiatives.
The White House’s plan drew plenty of criticism from gun control advocates led astray by the president’s early support for banning rifle sales to adults under 21. Instead, the administration will assemble a Federal Commission on School Safety, chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, which will study and make recommendations for a range of policy proposals including:
placing age restrictions on gun purchases;
entertainment rating systems for violent video games, movies and television;
impacts of press coverage of mass shootings;
strategies to enhance youth character development and a “culture of connectedness;”
repeal “Rethink School Discipline” policies;
best security practices for school buildings;
coordination of federal resources focused on preventing or mitigating an active shooter situation;
opportunities to improve access to