Newaygo County Sheriff Bob Mendham backs proposal to prevent violence in Michigan schools
Since February 14, 2018 Newaygo County law enforcement has answered 12 threats of violence towards our school districts. Presently four subjects have been charged criminally.
Newaygo County Sheriff Bob Mendham today urged area lawmakers to support a school safety plan recently introduced by a broad coalition of Michigan’s top law enforcement and education groups, designed to prevent violence in the classroom. “Protecting our children and providing them with a safe and secure learning environment is our top priority,” said Sheriff Mendham. “Allowing school faculty and staff to develop the next generation of leaders will benefit everyone.”
The Michigan School Safety Reform Plan is a noncontroversial, common sense approach to school safety that has united Republicans and Democrats, school leaders and law enforcement. The plan calls for a new $100 million grant program for personnel, a $20 million grant program for safety infrastructure, and other reforms, including:
Michigan schools have experienced 41 threats of violence just since the February murders of 17 students in Parkland, Florida – the 5th highest threat total in the United States.
“The Sheriff’s Office will continue to work with local police agencies to ensure the safety of all students and staff in our school districts,” said Sheriff Mendham.
The Michigan School Safety Reform Plan is backed by: