(CBS DETROIT) -New laws are in effect to protect Michigan students after mass shootings in which parents and children demanded solutions to security risks.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 6012 Friday to fully fund risk assessments, critical incidence mapping and create emergency safety plans.
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Former Pontiac City Council President Kermit Williams pleaded with Oakland Forward End Gun Violence Michigan and advocated Common Sense Gun Laws.
He says the plan is a step in the right direction.
“It was so important to really talk not just about Oxford but all the copycats that came out of that and so having that money for school safety is so important, but that part of mental health because in all these cases Oxford and there was screaming everywhere for help that these people just didn’t get,” Williams said.
The landmark investment in Michigan schools also funds resources to hire and retain mental health professionals, improve safety measures and provide additional learning opportunities to Oxford Community Schools.
“I think as people we finally realize that mental health really needs to be looked at and worked on and that’s why we need to remove the stigma first, but we also need to realize that our children are dealing with more than we’ve ever had. had to deal with,” Williams explained.
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The $14 million investment will be distributed among all schools, including traditional public, intermediate districts and private schools.
The bill also aims to help Oxford Community Schools recover from last year’s mass shooting.
“We cannot stop the momentum. Right now people are upset because of Oxford, because of Buffalo, because of the shootings happening across the country, but we can’t just desensitize to it and let this pass and be in the same position for another Oxford,” Willems said.
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