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AG Nessel Visiting Districts to Promote School Safety

PINCKNEY - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel visited two districts this week to learn about the ways school safety grant dollars made available by the state legislature were spent.  

Wednesday, she stopped by Eaton Rapids Public Schools, which was awarded $442,773 in FY19 for school safety improvements. This afternoon she visited Pinckney Community Schools, which received $241,418 in FY19. 

The grants are administered through Michigan State Police's Grants and Community Services Division. Since 2015, over $55 million in competitive school safety grant funding has been awarded to 538 schools and school districts. 

"I have appreciated the hospitality and insight gained from my meetings with the superintendents in Eaton Rapids and Pinckney this week," Nessel said. "While districts, educators and staff work diligently to use whatever resources they can to provide a safer learning environment for students, I am focused on learning about these collective efforts to better inform my ongoing initiatives to best protect students." 

With more visits planned, Nessel continues to push for common sense legislation. In February, she joined safety advocates and state legislators to urge action on secure firearm storage bills that were first introduce last year. She also voiced support for legislation at the federal level.  

In January, Nessel issued a video highlighting the seriousness of making threats against schools and school officials. 

If you receive a threat or know of a threat of violence against your community, please contact your local law enforcement.  

You can also leave a tip with the state's OK2SAY hotline by calling 8-555-OK2SAY (855-565-2729) or texting 652729 (OK2SAY). The hotline operates 24/7 and protects the confidentiality of the reporter's identity. 

OK2SAY, which is housed within the Michigan State Police, provides for confidential reports of potential self-harm, harm to others, or criminal acts including, but not limited to, sexual abuse, assault, or rape, directed at students, school employees, or schools in this state.  

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