The Illinois House of Representatives has come up with a brilliant plan to secure the safety of children in the state’s school system.
The plan is brilliant for Democrats, of course, who lead the state governing body as it calls for replacing armed police officers in schools with mental health professionals – who are unarmed, according to an Associated Press report.
The Democratic-led House in Illinois voted 64-25 on Friday in favor of the plan which seeks to set up a grant program rewarding schools for hiring the social workers.
Hillside Democratic Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch removed part of the proposed legislation after opposition from police over language that withheld funding from schools which hired armed security officers.
The measure comes in the wake of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla. high school in February and amid renewed calls for increasing security in public schools.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office came under fire after it was revealed that an armed officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School did not enter the school during the shooting that left 17 people dead. President Trump has proposed arming teachers and other school staff and a new Florida law requires armed security on every campus, though they cannot be full-time teachers.
Illinois state Rep. Peter Breen opposed the House measure. The Republican lawmaker believes hiring more police officers to combat shootings is a better solution for schools, according to the AP.
The proposed plan will now head to the state Senate for a vote.