Taylor Knuth, Special to The Tribune
It is without argument that students should be safe and secure in schools without the threat of gun violence looming over their shoulders. Since the 1999 Columbine massacre, government officials have focused a great deal of financial resources to address the issue of school safety and security through federal grant programs, specifically targeting policies to reduce gun violence in schools.
Among the most prominent, and potentially problematic funding programs of this nature, is the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), which has distributed over $14 billion in grant funding since 1994 and $50 million in school safety funding this year alone.
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