DICKINSON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Barber Middle School student is in custody after threatening to harm classmates.  Dickinson ISD said in a Facebook post Wednesday evening that the student was arrested by Galveston County sheriff's deputies after two students reported the threat to school officials.  "I'm going to kill everyone," the student allegedly told another student, prompting a call to deputies.  The district said the student will not be permitted to return to the school. view article arw

The Texas House Committee on Appropriations met Oct. 9 to hear ideas on improving school safety in the aftermath of the May 18 Santa Fe High School shooting that left eight students and two teachers dead and 13 injured. “It’s an unbelievable reality that shootings in schools are occurring more frequently,” said state Rep. John Zerwas, chairman of the powerful, state budget-writing committee. “As a Legislature we must do what we can to ensure our schools are places of learning and not places of fear.”  view article arw

With perimeter fencing completed around Louise ISD facilities earlier this year, the board of trustees agreed to let the superintendent take extra security measures for entry points at its three schools at Monday’s meeting. The district is going to add a set of powered doors, one at each campus, the elementary, middle and high schools for $3,000 a set, according to Superintendent Garth Oliver. view article arw

A student went on a shooting rampage and then killed himself at a technical school in Crimea, which also was hit by an explosion, Russian authorities saidWednesday. At least 17 people were killed and 40 injured in the gunfire and the blast, which officials told Reuters went off in the school cafeteria. The suspect was identified as 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov, a fourth-year student at the school, according to a spokeswoman for Russia's Investigative Committee. view article arw

The Corsicana ISD Board of Trustees tested some technology Monday with the intent of placing it in classrooms. Board members took part in a demonstration of Brain Power and Google Glass technology, taking a trip to Dubai without leaving their seats. The purpose of the technology is to aide students with autism. The 10 pairs of glasses which normally retail for $1,000 per pair were paid for through a special education grant. According to a release, the founder of Brain Power, Dr. Ned T. Sahin, studied autistic children and used the Google Glass technology to invent applications which may help students with autism to develop skills such as emotional decoding, eye contact, speech, self-regulation and avoiding meltdowns.  view article arw

The Edna Independent School District in southeast Texas has purchased several ballistic vests they hope could save someone’s life during a school shooting. Edna ISD is only two hours away from the Santa Fe school district just outside Houston, the same place where eight students and two teachers were gunned down by a 17-year-old student back in May 2018. It was the second deadliest high school shooting in the U.S., right after the Stoneman Douglas shooting in February 2018 that claimed the lives of 17 and injured 17 more. view article arw

Lorena ISD Superintendent Joe Kucera issued a statement Thursday morning to parents and local media dismissing a rumor spread online that a student had created a "hit list." He stated that Lorena police have found no "credible threat," but that school officials were continuing to monitor the situation. view article arw

Gladewater ISD trustees amended the district’s school resource officer agreement with the city Monday night to provide two vehicles for Gladewater police who patrol campuses, the superintendent said Wednesday. Since the primary and high school campuses are on Gay Avenue, they share a school resource officer, Superintendent Sedric Clark said in April. Gladewater Middle and Weldon Elementary schools also are on the same street and share an officer. view article arw

Taylor ISD details security plan

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Taylor school officials shared a glimpse into the way the district approaches campus security during a one-hour presentation before school trustees and members of the city council Tuesday morning. “Our administrators really understand what they need to do,” said Curtis Clay, the district’s security consultant. “This is the first district I’ve worked with to actively do safety drills. Some think it’s too much trouble. They just go through the motions but … you guys are ahead of the game.” view article arw

A student at Barber Middle School was arrested after allegedly making a threat, according to Dickinson Independent School District. The student told another student, “I’m going to kill everyone,” according to the district. view article arw

The two men who were arrested two years ago for calling in a hoax active shooter threat at a local high school while they robbed an area pawn shop are facing jail time. On Monday, Michael Anthony Serna, 25, and Cody Edward Quintero, 23, each were sentenced by state District Judge Gloria Rincones for their criminal activity and handed them each a six-year prison sentence. Their 2016 hoax led to the lockdown of the Harlingen High School South campus while they were across town holding up, at gunpoint, an Amigo Pawn Shop off Loop 499. view article arw

The Denison Independent School District has finalized agreements that will allow it to hire two new, permanent school resource officers to provide security at Scott Middle School and Denison High School. Earlier this month, the city of Denison approved an interlocal agreement with the district to split the costs of the new resource officers. During Tuesday’s meeting, the Denison ISD board of trustees formalized the arrangement by signing its side of the agreement. “The value in that is that these people will be able to form a relationship with the students, get to know the students and the students will trust them,” Denison ISD Superintendent Henry Scott said. view article arw

More than a dozen campus-based mental health care facilities that were facing closure in the Austin Independent School District will remain open thanks to partnerships with Integral Care, Central Health,and through donations made to the Austin Ed Fund. view article arw

Two students, a monitor and a school bus driver are safe after a school bus caught fire Wednesday morning, according to Coppell ISD. Coppell ISD says the bus driver called 911 after noticing smoke around 6:55 a.m. on its way to Valley Ranch Elementary School. All students were safely evacuated by the driver and were staged away from the bus located at the State Highway 161 service road and Sierra Drive. view article arw

A school bus driver and a middle school student had to be rescued Tuesday morning after the driver went around a barricade and tried to go through a flooded low-water crossing. The sole student on the bus was treated by Williamson County EMS and released to family. view article arw

A suspicious suitcase prompted school evacuations at Mart Elementary School. Mart ISD said that a suitcase was found in the elementary parking lot after students were dismissed.  view article arw

Lewisville ISD continues to explore its options for school safety. During Monday’s meeting, the LISD Board of Trustees was presented an update on the School Safety Task Force, which met four times over the last month. The task force consists of 64 members from the community. Joseph Coburn, chief schools officer, said 794 people applied to be on the task force. view article arw

Jane Becker is one of a host of VIPs in a student’s life. From teachers to administrators, children are entrusted to a team of experts in their fields to ensure they’re given the best care while they’re being shaped for the future. The Urbana, Illinois, native is the school nurse for Caldwell Elementary in McKinney, and in May she was named School Nurse of the Year by the Texas School Nurse Organization Region X (TSNOX). She’ll be honored Tuesday at the membership meeting for TSNOX at Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. Becker has spent the last 16 years of 30 as a nurse with MISD and volunteers monthly with Blue Cross Blue Shield Immunization Care Van. According to TSNOX, as a member of the coordinated health team for MISD, she gives insight to the Best Practice committee for safety and nutrition. She is also a Team Leader for the collaboration of MISD food services for fruit and vegetable tasting “Discovery Days.” view article arw

A pilot program to more easily provide professional mental health services to students at two Conroe Independent School District campuses seems to be working. In July, the school board finalized an agreement with Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare to offer a school-based mental health clinic at Grangerland Intermediate and Armstrong Elementary. So, the organization set up shop at both campuses and placed at least one qualified mental health professional at each campus to work with students, with an additional staff member going back and forth between the campuses. view article arw

The district is debunking the rumor of an active shooter at the Marshall Middle School dance on Friday. view article arw

The Carroll ISD board trustees directed district staff to explore the potential implementation of a voluntary, nonpunitive random drug-testing program for middle and high school students during a preliminary discussion during Monday’s school board meeting. The purpose of this proposed pilot program is to enforce a drug-free educational environment, educate students and prevent harmful consequences caused by illegal drug and alcohol use, according to a staff presentation. view article arw

Early Tuesday morning, Taylor ISD trustees and members of the Taylor City Council will hold a joint meeting to hear about school safety. The event will be 7 a.m. at Sirloin Stockade and is open to the public. According to Taylor ISD Superintendent Keith Brown this will be the second of three school safety events held by the district. view article arw

 A Katy ISD student is frightened after she was approached by a suspicious man Monday during her walk home from school. Around 3:50 p.m. a Mayde Creek High School student was walking on Groeschke Road near Barkers Woos Lane when a Hispanic man driving a white SUV attempted to speak to her, according to Katy ISD police. view article arw

At Monday’s Lewisville ISD board of trustees meeting, Chief of Schools Director Joesph Coburn presented the results of the school safety task force discussions and what it would like to see happen in terms of safety and security in the district. The task force met four times during September and October to discuss 15 topics of safety and security. The 15 topics were preselected by LISD administration. At the last meeting, members ranked the 15 topics on what they would like to see implemented. view article arw

Students and faculty at Lufkin High School in Lufkin, Texas, must now use a fingerprint scanner to enter the campus at certain hours of the school day. After receiving approval from the district’s school board last summer, Lufkin High has become the first East Texas school to install keyless entry fingerprint scanners at campus entry points. view article arw

After months of planning and completing state required paperwork, the Bells Independent School District officially has its police department up and running. Bells ISD Police Chief Otis Henry said the department got the official thumbs up on Oct. 4. The process began back in July when the district hired Henry as its safety coordinator with an eye toward making him its chief of police once the police department was in place. Henry has 32 years experience as a peace officer, most of it at the Sherman Police Department. view article arw

Five months after 10 people were killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School, the state will get a $2 million boost to combat school violence.  The Texas Education Agency announced Monday it has been awarded two $1 million federal grants to support mental health training for Texas school districts and to create campus threat-assessment practices. view article arw

The Pearland School District and Brazoria County Health Department are investigating a report of tuberculosis at Pearland High School. According to the district, it involves a person who had been at the school previously, and was given a preliminary diagnosis of TB. Parents whose students were in close contact and exposed to the patient are being notified. Tuberculosis is often found in developing countries, but Houston has the highest number of reported cases in the state, followed by Dallas County. view article arw

A student was removed from campus by police after guns were discovered in the student's vehicle. It happened at Dilley High School.  The guns were found during a routine monthly search by a canine service contracted to detect weapons and drugs on campus. The dogs alerted to the student's vehicle, where two firearms were discovered. view article arw

Spring ISD opened its previous district police facility on North Forest Boulevard over 15 years ago and as the district grew, so did the number of officers. “The need grew for more and more officers, so it got a little crowded over there,” said Rhonda Newhouse, president of the Spring ISD school board. view article arw

Some students and staff at Pearland High School are being told they may have been exposed to tuberculosis. Pearland Independent School District has confirmed one person at the school has been given a "preliminary diagnosis" of tuberculosis. It's unclear if the person is a student or a faculty member at the school. view article arw

The Gladewater ISD board of trustees Monday night is set to amend the district’s school resource officer agreement with the city. Superintendent Sedric Clark also is scheduled to update the board on the administration’s possible move to the former Broadway Elementary School campus. Clark said last month that board members “gave (administrators) a directive to bring them back the cost of moving all administrative and support offices to that place.” view article arw

Several students were injured in a school bus crash in The Woodlands on Friday night. The Conroe ISD bus was carrying high school volleyball players when it was T-boned by a blue Volkswagen car around 9 p.m. near Gosling Road and Research Forest Drive. according to Montgomery County Police Reporter. view article arw

$200M sought to aid school safety

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State agencies are asking the Legislature for more than $200 million during the next two-year budget to improve school safety and mental health services for young people. Education Commissioner Mike Morath told the Texas House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday that the largest chunk of the $54.5 million the Texas Education Agency is requesting would go toward grants that school dis tricts could use to help expand students’ access to traumainformed counseling and mental health telemedicine. The agency also is asking for money to hire more professionals at the regional Education Service Centers and to hire six people at the agency to address school safety. Currently, the agency has a part - time employee who focuses on school safety.   view article arw

A threat written on a bathroom wall is being investigated by police, according to an email sent to Connally ISD parents.  The district told parents that a threat was found on a high school bathroom stall, threatening a shooting on Oct. 31.  view article arw