McAllen schools awarded federal funds for school violence prevention

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, is seen in this 2018 file photo speaking at the McAllen Country Club, and at the time filed legislation that would disallow airlines from bumping passengers off an overbooked flight if the passenger has already boarded.

MCALLEN — Congressman Vicente Gonzalez announced Tuesday schools across the 15th District of Texas will receive a total of $1,493,168 federal funds, thanks to the Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act.

Funded in order to improve school security so students and teachers have access to tools to recognize, quickly respond, and prevent acts of violence, STOP was co-sponsored by Gonzalez in 2018. 

“We need to do all that we can to give students and teachers the resources they need to identify potentially harmful scenarios and prevent school violence,” Gonzalez said in a press release. 

Out of four to receive funding through the Bureau of Justice Assistance STOP Grant, two schools from the McAllen Independent School District were chosen — one receiving $249,516 and the other $250,000, according to the news release. 

“It is my hope that these federal funds will provide proper training and tools so our schools can prepare for any situation. One of my top priorities will always be the safety of our children and teachers in the classroom,” Gonzalez said.