The U.S. Justice Department has announced a federal grant for school security.

The Watauga Democrat reports the nearly $1 million dollar grant for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Center for Safer Schools will be used for better training, increased resources, and promoting better policies in schools.

The three-year grant will focus on training, technical assistance, resources, policies and partnerships.

The grant will allow school districts to provide updates to building security, and other measures to help prevent violence at school.

According to the report, Paul Holden, director of student services for Watauga County Schools, said he feels the grant should focus on mental health support for students, including helping counselors, nurses and social workers to provide trauma-informed care, resiliency training and create a culture of compassion within the schools.

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security reports 14 incidents of gun violence in North Carolina K-12 schools since 2010.