LANSING, Mich., April 17, 2018 — Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D–East Lansing) has issued the following statement in response to Gov. Snyder’s school safety proposal. The governor’s plan comes after Michigan had 83 school violence threats in just 30 days — the third-highest in the country — since the Florida massacre.

“Now is the time for real action, not school safety experiments or pilot programs. The number of school threats is the highest it’s ever been in Michigan, and we need real answers. That’s why my Democratic colleagues and I introduced the state’s largest school security funding plan nearly a week ago.

“Security experts and school administrators overwhelmingly agree that every school needs basic security features to keep children safe, such as surveillance cameras, panic buttons and single points of entry. With nearly 3,500 schools in the state, Governor Snyder’s proposal doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what we need to protect our kids and prevent future tragedies like what happened in Florida.”

Governor Snyder’s proposal took place nearly a week after Democrats in the Michigan Senate unveiled a six-bill package to ramp up school safety. The package included $100 million — five times more than Snyder’s plan — for school security funding and hiring resource officers.

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