Sen. Lee: Leave School Safety to Parents & Schools, 'Not People in Washington'
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) argued that in order to increase safety at schools and prevent incidents like the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Florida, efforts should be made by parents, teachers and schools, not the federal government.
"How people secure a school in one community and one state, one part of the country or another is going to vary," Lee explained on "Happening Now" on Tuesday.
He said that he wasn't sure if federal initiatives like the STOP School Violence Act would be enough to increase school safety.
The bill, which is being introduced by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), would enhance cooperation between law enforcement and school staff, and teach both how to more effectively spot warning signs of potential school shooters.
"It's not an area where the federal government is actively involved," Lee said of the primary and secondary public education systems. "Nor do I think it's one where I think the federal government should be actively involved."
"These decisions are probably better left for parents and teachers and local school administrators, perhaps state officials," Lee added. "But not people in Washington."
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