Senators, including Hatch to announce school safety bill with Parkland families

    Seventeen people dressed as angels stand Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, at the memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., for those killed in a shooting on Feb. 14. Organizer Terry Decarlo said the idea originated after the death of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard, who was tortured and murdered in 1998. Decarlo said the costumes now travel to disasters and mass shootings around the country. “We want to the survivors to know angels are looking over them and protecting them,” Decarlo said. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer)

    (KUTV) - Utah Senator Orrin Hatch will join four other Senators, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, and the father of one of the shooting victims to announce new legislation addressing school safety.

    On Tuesday, Senator Hatch will join Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) to announce the STOP School Violence Act.

    The Senators will be joined by Parkland student Kyle Kashuv and Ryan Petty, who is the father of Alaina Petty who was killed in the tragic shooting.

    Currently, the bi-partisan bill has 35 co-sponsors, including 15 Democrats.

    The press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13 at 11:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C.

    “By providing critical resources to schools to strengthen their security infrastructure and train teachers, administrators, and law enforcement officers to intervene, we can save countless lives,” said Hatch. “As I noted on the Senate floor last week, putting these kinds of critical resources closer to students in Utah has led to incredible success, stopping 86 attacks in schools since 2016. I believe we can replicate that success on a national level with this commonsense, noncontroversial proposal.”

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