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School safety money would be slashed in Trump budget

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posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 07:37 PM
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Two days before the school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead, the Trump administration proposed cutting millions in federal education programs meant to help prevent crime in schools and assist them in recovery from tragedies. Funds targeted for reduction or elimination in the Trump administration's fiscal 2019 request have helped pay for counselors in schools and violence prevention programs. Such funds were used for mental health aid for students and teachers in the Newtown, Conn., school district following the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. When asked about the proposed cuts, Liz Hill, an Education Department spokeswoman, said the department is "committed to providing resources, direct support and technical assistance to schools who have suffered unthinkable tragedy." The budget request calls for a $25 million reduction in funds designated for national school safety activities, compared with 2017. President Donald Trump's budget would eliminate altogether a $400 million grant program that districts can use, for example, to prevent bullying or provide mental health assistance.


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A prime example of the philosophy of the Republican Party and Donald Trump’s hypocrisy.




Trump's budget would also zero out the School Emergency Response to Violence program, known as Project SERV — funded at $1 million in 2017 — that in years past provided millions in funds used by the district in Newtown. However, Hill said that the grant program's funds carry over from year to year and the department projects that a current $5.2 million balance will be sufficient to meet needs through the next fiscal year


In the light of yesterdays tragedy we must cast a light on hypocrites who talk a good game but act differently.

Also, the Trump budget cuts money for research into mental illness research


www.iflscience.com...

He spoke about mental illness and gun crime yet he cuts money for research into the subject.

Trump's 2018 Budget Cuts Funding For Cancer, Mental Health, and HIV Research

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Mental health research at the NIH would get a 20 percent cut, as would research into drug abuse prevention

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posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 07:52 PM
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why is the federal government supposed to pay for this in the first place?

schools are local and support and programs should be locally done and paid for.

show me in the Constitution where 'school safety' is a federal mandate.



posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 07:53 PM
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So the republicans and Trump don’t want to do anything about gun prohibitions in light of the mass murder epidemic by guns, and they always claim mental health is the key, yet they slash vital research in mental health while cutting taxes for the rich at a record pace

Our children die but the rich get richer

Of course these rich folks Trump cut taxes for don’t have any of their kids in public schools…



In fact, the Trump administration’s 2018 federal budget includes a 26% cut to community health services, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and states across the nation have responded by slashing their allocations to community based mental health service providers because of these cuts.




In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott, who has just vowed to stop the mentally ill from getting guns, vetoed a bill that would have all psychologists and psychiatrists who see children in their practice to provide gun-safety education. And Florida is also at the very bottom of all states in mental health funding.


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posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 07:54 PM
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Thats what I am saying
Get rid of the countless worthless bureaucracy filled seats , and do something useful about school safety . That would probably save millions of dollars and some lives


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posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:02 PM
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It’s simple, not complex.

Trump diminishes the issue to mental health and safety-security yet cuts programs that deal with mental health and safety

Does that make sense?
Of course not.

It makes sense only if you really don’t care about the people who have to send their children to very dangerous public schools


Yet Trumps rich friends he massively cut taxes for live in gated communities and send their kids to well armed and protected private schools



posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:03 PM
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a reply to: Willtell

Well ... if the so-called 'safety' money cannot be used to buy guns to arm up the administrations of schools, to defend against future school shootings, then why worry about spending money on safety at all?

*sarc*

Cut the safety budgets, until we can defend our schools in the US with proper firearms. Just saying ... otherwise it is money wasted into thin air.

I am sick of my tax money going *poof* into thin air ... cutting this program is a big plus. Cut them all.



posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:08 PM
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a reply to: Willtell

Schools should be a state and local issue.

I don't have any kids, I already pay state and local taxes for nearby schools, why should I be paying for every school in the country?



posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:13 PM
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originally posted by: ElGoobero
why is the federal government supposed to pay for this in the first place?

schools are local and support and programs should be locally done and paid for.

show me in the Constitution where 'school safety' is a federal mandate.


The Constitution also says it is the governments responsibility to promote the general welfare and provide for the defense of THiS nation. The only thing government is doing these days is providing for the welfare and defense to GLOBALISTS CORPORATIONS.



posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:13 PM
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Trump also did away with a law prohibiting mentally ill people from purchasing guns the day before the shooting happened. Weird timing for all of this.

ETA: Wow, ignore this, it was last year that it was revoked not earlier this week. My bad.
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posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:14 PM
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a reply to: Willtell

Yeah, all that saftey money has really been working out well. 2nd.



posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:16 PM
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a reply to: Willtell

Remove the spin and what becomes more than apparent...State issue. State funding. Simple.



posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:18 PM
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In a speech Thursday, Trump said making schools safer was a "top priority" for his administration.

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President Trump's proposed 2019 budget would cut millions of dollars from federal education programs designed to help school districts improve safety and provide mental health assistance in the event of a tragedy. The budget proposal, which was unveiled earlier this week by the White House, would reduce funding for national school safety activities by $25 million compared to 2017, Politico reported.

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Budget undercuts Trump focus on mental health, school safety



WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is calling for a focus on mental health and school safety in response to shootings like the one that took 17 lives in Florida, but his budget would cut funding in both areas. Trump's latest budget would slash the major source of public funds for mental health treatment, the Medicaid program serving more than 70 million low-income and disabled people. The budget also calls for a 36 percent cut to an Education Department grant program that supports safer schools, reducing it by $25 million from the current level of $67.5 million.



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His rhetoric just doesn't match his actions


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posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:23 PM
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originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
Trump also did away with a law prohibiting mentally ill people from purchasing guns the day before the shooting happened. Weird timing for all of this.


Really? What law? Could you provide a source please, thanks in advance.



posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:24 PM
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Thanks Trump!

Trump only CARES about Trump.



posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:25 PM
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originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
Trump also did away with a law prohibiting mentally ill people from purchasing guns the day before the shooting happened. Weird timing for all of this.


I'm pretty positive you're talking about a law that was a) never enacted to begin with and b) was rescinded last year, not this year.

Beyond that, the measure would only have applied to people who had received some sort of federal help with mental health.

Here's the Snopes page for that.
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posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:28 PM
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All the defense and arguments are absurd and illogical, there’s no use responding to them

Trump is exposed as a hypocrite

That’s no big thing of course

Its amazing people concoct absurdities to defend the indefensible



posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:29 PM
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School safety money would not have stopped the shooter from shooting. The only thing that would work would be getting the economy back to a one-earner home and leave a parent at home to be responsible for their kids and maybe even take an interest in what they are doing in their lives. Ask questions about school, hobbies, friends etc.. be involved, be proactive not reactive.



posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:29 PM
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School safety money would not have stopped the shooter from shooting. The only thing that would work would be getting the economy back to a one-earner home and leave a parent at home to be responsible for their kids and maybe even take an interest in what they are doing in their lives. Ask questions about school, hobbies, friends etc.. be involved, be proactive not reactive.



posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:29 PM
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originally posted by: ElGoobero
why is the federal government supposed to pay for this in the first place?

schools are local and support and programs should be locally done and paid for.

show me in the Constitution where 'school safety' is a federal mandate.


Exactly....why should the Feds be responsible for paying for this?
States should hire armed guards for schools but there should be a strict screening process to hire only ex military or law enforcement.
I personally know 3 veterans (2 ex-Marines, 1 ex-Army), that said they would be willing to take a job as armed guards at schools if they were hiring for it.
If they are good enough to safeguard this country, they are good enough to guard schools.



posted on Feb, 15 2018 @ 08:30 PM
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Why wouldn’t he? At these point it seems a waste of federal money. The communities should band together and handle their own affairs.




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