Two days before 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida, the Trump administration proposed cutting millions of dollars from federal programs designed to prevent crime in schools and to assist students in recovery from tragic events.
In its report, Politico says funds essential to the program were being placed on the chopping block for Trump’s 2019 fiscal request.
The publication reports that Trump was eyeing $25 million in cuts from “national school safety” activities.
“President Donald Trump’s budget would eliminate altogether a $400 million grant program that districts can use, for example, to prevent bullying or provide mental health assistance.
Trump’s budget would also zero out the School Emergency Response to Violence program, known as Project SERV — funded at $1 million in 2017 — that in years past provided millions in funds used by the district in Newtown. However, Hill said that the grant program’s funds carry over from year to year and the department projects that a current $5.2 million balance will be sufficient to meet needs through the next fiscal year.”
Despite the Trump administration’s attempts to gut school safety programs, Trump said on Thursday that keeping our nation’s children safe during educational hours was a “top priority.”
“Later this month, I will be meeting with the nation’s governors and attorney generals, where making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority,” Trump said.
“It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference,” he added.
The President has not addressed his administration’s attempt to gut school safety programs during a time when 18 school shootings have occurred in the first month and a half of 2018.