Washington Community High School one of 10 anti-violence grant recipients

The sign at the front of Washington Community High School
The sign at the front of Washington Community High School(WEEK)
Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 7:29 PM CST
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WASHINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A local high school is one of only ten schools statewide to receive almost $100,000 to curb violence.

Those 10 are getting part of a $3 million dollar grant to boost school safety and keep violence out of the halls. Washington Community High School is one of them, receiving $95,425. Some of the funding’s goals include training law enforcement to deal with student violence and getting better tools to improve safety. One of the sponsors of the bill is Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin.

“The bottom line is, and we know this as parents and grandparents, we want to send our kids to a safe school. Unfortunately, that requires more today than it did even a few years ago,” Durbin says. “All of these things trouble me as a parent and a grandparent, to think that our kids are facing them. But what would trouble me even more is if violence broke out that we could have avoided.”

We reached out to school district leaders on how they’ll use the money, but they were not available Wednesday.

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