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Schneider, Bost School Safety Proposal Signed into Law

Bipartisan legislation helps schools acquire panic buttons to contact law enforcement in emergencies


March 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, a bipartisan proposal focused on improving school safety introduced by U.S.

Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Mike Bost (R-IL) was signed into law by President Donald


The legislation will help schools acquire panic buttons for classrooms, offering a more immediate

method of notifying law enforcement and first responders in case of a medical emergency, active school

shooter incident, or natural disaster.

The Schneider-Bost measure was signed into law as a part of the omnibus federal spending bill.

Schneider and Bost originally introduced the legislation in January as H.R. 4811, the Securing Our

Schools Act, and it was later incorporated into H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act, which passed

the House in March by a vote of 407-10.

“We have a fundamental responsibility to protect our children and young people where they learn,” said

Schneider. “I am proud to see our bipartisan legislation become law and offer schools an additional layer

of security in emergency situations. This should be just the start of our work here in Congress on

solutions to reduce gun violence and improve student safety, and I will continue to push to build on this

progress in the days ahead.”

“As a former first responder, I know response time is vitally important during emergency situations,”

said Bost. “Seconds, let alone minutes, can mean the difference between life and death. We have panic

buttons in banks, office buildings, and retail locations, there is no reason we shouldn’t have them at our

schools to protect our children. I’m proud to see this bipartisan, commonsense proposal to protect our

kids signed into law.”

Last week, Schneider and Bost both spoke on the House floor in support of the measure. Videos of

Schneider’s remarks and Bost’s remarks are available online.

In January, the Securing Our Schools legislation was endorsed by the National Sheriffs’ Association and

the National Education Association.


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