Barletta Calls for Schools to be added as ‘Critical Infrastructure’
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today called for U.S. schools to be classified as ‘critical infrastructure’ in the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. There are currently 16 categories of critical infrastructure, such as the energy sector and financial services sector, whose assets, systems, and networks are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would devastate our national security, economic well-being, and public health or safety. The federal government works with state and local partners, as well as private entities, to ensure the security and resilience of these sectors. Barletta believes it is time schools became the seventeenth.
“The federal government must move immediately to establish our nation’s schools as a new sector of ‘critical infrastructure.’ If the federal government treats banks as ‘critical,’ if they can defend the Department of Education with armed security guards, then why can’t we deem America’s children as critical, also? After heartbreaking tragedies like the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the federal government must respond quickly to provide resources for school security. Congress must continue to work with the White House on tangible solutions to protect our schools and our children. No student in America should go to school in fear; no parent should send their child to school wondering if they will ever see them again. Children are America’s greatest asset, so designating our schools as critical infrastructure is commonsense. We must act now.”