Alton – U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12) hosted a school safety summit Wednesday with teachers, education professionals, online safety experts, law enforcement, and school resource officers to discuss ways to keep kids safe in and out of the classroom. Bost provided an update on current legislative efforts to curb school violence, protect children online, and combat drug addiction among minors.

“As a father and a grandfather, I understand the need to keep kids safe inside and outside the classroom,” said Bost. “Given the variety of potential threats kids face these days, it’s important that we keep an open dialogue. This school safety summit allowed for a frank conversation about ways to protect children from violence at school, online predators, and drug abuse. I can take that feedback back to Congress where I’m working on bipartisan solutions to ensure our nation’s children have a safe environment to grow and learn.”


Rep. Bost’s bipartisan school safety legislation was signed into law earlier this year. The proposal will help schools acquire panic buttons, offering a more immediate method of notifying law enforcement and first responders in cases of classroom violence, medical emergency, or natural disaster.