E. Washington State: Superintendents all want more mental health resources

Mar 24, 2018, KXLY—Spokane, WA: Cathy McMorris Rodgers releases statement on school violence Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released a statement Saturday morning on what she is doing to combat school violence and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, those with mental illnesses, and others who shouldn't have access. "Last month, following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, I heard from students and brought together local school superintendents, law enforcement, and other school officials to hear their thoughts on what was needed to keep our kids safe at school. The number one thing I heard from them was the need for more resources—resources and funding for mental health counselors, school resource officers, and school security improvements. That’s why as part of the government spending bill that was signed into law yesterday, I fought to get the STOP School Violence Act included to provide resources to schools and law enforcement, and the Fix NICS Act, legislation to fix the federal background check system so criminals, those with mental illness, or others who shouldn’t have guns don’t gain access. I am committed to continue working to stop school violence and keep everyone in our communities safe and secure.”