AB 1271 bolsters mental health protocols in school safety plans
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) announced this week that AB 1271, which encourages school safety plans to include protocols to address the mental health care of students who have witnessed a violent act in school, passed the Legislature and will now be considered by Governor Brown. The legislation was introduced in response to young students’ comments made at hearings of the Select Committee on Gun Violence in the East Bay, which Bonta Chairs, in which they expressed concern over the lack of mental health services for students after violent incidents. Bonta also introduced the legislation as a stand against the 15 recorded school shootings that have occurred since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newton, CT in 2012.
“All forms of violence, such as gun violence and bullying, have become a tragic fact of life for children in districts such as my own 18th Assembly District. Growing up in violent environments can cause serious traumatic complications for children, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. This, among other challenges, can make it difficult for children and adolescents to become engaged and productive students,” said Assemblymember Bonta.