U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) revealed today that the Kennedale Independent School District has been awarded a federal grant of $500,000 to enhance school security through a range of safety programs. These initiatives may include violence prevention training for law enforcement, the addition of physical security measures such as metal detectors, and the installation of technology aimed at expediting notifications to local law enforcement during emergency situations.
The grant stems from the U.S. Department of Justice’s School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP), which has been a crucial source of funding for initiatives to enhance school safety across the nation. A significant portion of the program's funding was authorized by Senator Cornyn's Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which was signed into law on June 25, 2022, with the specific goal of addressing concerns related to recent mass shootings.
Senator Cornyn shared his perspective on the importance of this funding, stating, "No parent should fear for the safety of their student when they drop them off at school, and no student or teacher should be afraid when they walk into the classroom. In the aftermath of the tragedy in Uvalde, I'm grateful that meaningful solutions are being delivered through this funding to prevent violence in Texas schools."