Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Monday that the Department of Justice would begin work to better protect schools from attacks like the one that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Sessions said the department would be taking a number of steps in support of the plan announced on the same day by the White House. He announced a new initiative to increase the number of school resource officers, provide firearms training to school personnel, and ramp up the number of gun crime prosecutions. He said the changes are necessary to keep school kids safe.
“No child should have to fear going to school or walking the streets of their neighborhood,” Sessions said in a statement. “Today, I am directing the Department of Justice to take a number of new steps that will help make schools and the American people safer from the threat of gun violence.”
He said the department’s actions will ensure more criminals are disarmed and Americans are better protected.