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Less than a week after the Santa Fe High School shooting that left 10 people dead and 13 others injured, political and education leaders across Texas are proposing ways to avoid the next campus shooting: more law enforcement officers, more counselors, more metal detectors. All of which requires more money — something many cash-strapped school districts do not have right now. Legislators and school district governing boards soon will start grappling with how to pay for expensive upgrades designed to keep Texas schoolchildren safe, as state leaders seek more secure campuses in light of last Friday’s massacre. The cost of those improvements, however, likely will extend into the hundreds of millions of dollars statewide, at a time when many school districts are dipping into reserves to balance their budgets. view article arw

Last Friday, Santa Fe High School senior Grace Johnson walked into the hallway from the band practice room, where she had been taking a nap, and saw one of her classmates get shot and fall to the ground. Almost a week after the massacre in her Houston-area school, Johnson stood in the Texas Capitol Thursday and gave Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas lawmakers recommendations about how to prevent future school shootings. Johnson was among dozens of other students, parents and educators impacted by recent shootings at Santa Fe High School, Sutherland Springs' First Baptist Church last November, and Alpine High School in 2016, at the last of three roundtable discussions convened by Abbott to discuss school safety and gun violence. view article arw

La Porte resident Sarah Polley was in junior high school when the Columbine High School massacre occurred in 1999. She remembers wondering how something like that could occur but saw it as an event that happened far away. “I wasn’t really scared,” she said. “It was the first time I had ever heard of something like that, and it didn’t affect me like it does kids now. It wasn’t a real thing, like, ‘That can’t happen here.’” Now, after the Santa Fe shooting on May 18 that killed 10 people, the issue of school safety is hitting close to home. Polley is now considering home-schooling her eight children, who attend La Porte ISD campuses. view article arw

In a small room on the second floor of the Texas Capitol, Gov. Greg Abbott surrounded himself Thursday with dozens of people whose loved ones were shot and killed in mass shootings. The families lost children, parents, friends. Speaking at the governor’s third roundtable of the week, they were grasping for solutions. For something good to come of their pain. The people hailed from Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe — sites of the two most recent massacres — as well as Alpine and Killeen. view article arw

AUSTIN (Nexstar) - A 3-day roundtable discussion series on school safety and gun violence wrapped up on Thursday with emotional pleas from Santa Fe students, parents and educators. Members of the Sutherland Springs community and Alpine ISD also joined the meeting.  Several students spoke face-to-face with Gov. Greg Abbott, listing various ideas about what they'd like to see, including ways to improve mental health resources and security and school campuses. Grace Johnson detailed the timeline of events of what she experienced last Friday.  view article arw

In light of the third roundtable discussion about school safety at the state capitol today, a West Texas school district reinforced their decision to have an armed staff policy, called the Guardian Plan. For the fifth year in a row, Ralls Independent School District allows faculty to be armed on campus, if they have passed the required training prior. "They have to go through extensive training, there's psychological testing to have the right to carry," Superintendent Chris Wade said. "So we make sure everybody is capable of carrying and performing if needed." view article arw

The New Braunfels ISD board of trustees will contract with the New Braunfels Police Department to implement a school resource officer at each of its four secondary campuses beginning in the 2018-19 school year. “All schools need to have some form of security, and we are excited to work with NBISD for starting this new chapter of security for their schools,” NBPD Communications Coordinator David Ferguson said. The school board’s unanimous decision to introduce campus SROs was made during an executive session at its regular meeting Monday night. Ferguson said the officers will be present on campus throughout the school day to respond to any criminal or safety-related issues. view article arw

The Somerset Independent School District plans to hire four full-time police officers to allow the district's police department to place a uniformed, armed officer on six out of seven campuses. The hiring will more than double the district’s police force, bringing the total number of full-time officers to seven. “Every morning driving to work, I say a little prayer. I say, ‘Lord, not today,’” said Somerset ISD Police Chief Rick Valdez, thinking about the series of school shootings across the nation. view article arw

A local high school student is being called a hero after the teenager's quick-thinking actions saved a 7-year-old boy. It happened this weekend at an end-of-season baseball party. A 7-year-old was found at the bottom of a pool, when a high school junior applied what she learned in the classroom to a real life situation. Valeria Arellanes was at the party for her nephew's baseball team this weekend. The 7-year-olds were swimming, then got out of the pool to eat. view article arw

Students at Clint High School participated in an active shooter exercise on Wednesday. The exercise was a joint effort between the Clint School District, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Border Patrol, Office of Emergency Management, Clint Fire Department, Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo Tribal Fire Department, Department of Emergency Management, Life Ambulance and the Border Regional Advisory Council.  view article arw

Mandatory drug testing affecting nearly all Medina High School students goes into effect on Aug. 1, Medina Independent School District Superintendent Kevin Newsom said during a Parent Chat on May 15. More than 40 parents and grandparents attended the meeting that covered a variety of topics, including the hiring of a police chief and additional security upgrades at the school district. view article arw

After our region was repeatedly named the “most obese” community in America several years in a row, our local leaders made a concerted effort to change that. And they recognized that it begins by changing the mindset of our children, so that they don’t grow up to be sedentary, fat and unhealthy adults. With an estimated one in three children obese, McAllen ISD officials have aggressively pushed its students and PE coaches to be healthier. They stress ways for children to eat more nutritious foods, be more active, involved in exercise on and off campuses, and have tried to instill in them a healthier life attitude that hopefully will carry with them throughout their days. view article arw

The Tyler ISD Superintendent of schools has released a statement on school safety measures going forward, after the tragic shooting at a Texas high school. Ten people were killed and 13 injured in the shooting, on Fri. May 18, when a student walked into the school, armed with a gun, and opened fire on his peers and teachers. view article arw

With elevated concerns over school campus security, getting into Friday night's Mineral Wells High School graduation ceremony could take a little longer for people carrying bags or purses. The event is set to begin at 8 p.m. Ram Stadium gates will open at 6:15 p.m. Non-handicapped attendees are encouraged to park in the main high school parking lot on the east side of the stadium. Entry will be through the southeast corner gate. That means a longer walk to get inside for those parking in areas south and west of stadium, adjacent to the baseball and softball fields along Ram Boulevard. view article arw

New details have been released after a video on Facebook went viral showing a student shaking on the ground at Odessa High School. According to Ector County ISD spokesperson Mike Adkins, their police department immediately began investigating after the incident happened. They say that the investigation revealed that it was a fight, not an assault, and that no charges will be filed against either girl involved. view article arw

The mother of one of the students killed in last week's school shooting is voicing her opposition to unfettered gun rights. Rhonda Hart, the mother of 14-year-old Kimberly Vaughan and a military veteran, tells The Associated Press she thinks Texans who want to buy guns should be subject to the same rigors as a person who wants to seek an abortion, including a mandated weeklong waiting period and counseling. view article arw

The frequency of school tragedies is forcing school administrators to make constant reassurances to parents, students and staff that school districts are taking the necessary steps to keep everyone safe.  At Tuesday's board meeting, San Angelo ISD's board of trustees approved a nearly $1.5 million project to upgrade the district's security camera system. Superintendent Carl Dethloff said the district has been "proactive" in addressing safety, teaming up with Fort Worth-based CRUX Technology and Security Solutions to conduct a district-wide safety and security assessment about a year ago.  view article arw

A KHOU 11 News viewer reached out with a couple claims that were hard for her to believe. 1) The confessed shooter was expelled from Alvin ISD, a neighboring district, for bringing a gun to school 2) Alvin ISD concealed the record to avoid publicity. These claims got traction online because one of the two confessed shooter's addresses is zoned to Alvin ISD. view article arw

Big Spring ISD passed the campus carry policy on May 10th, a week before the Santa Fe high school shooting. “Having staff members carry firearms 30 years ago would have sounded like a ridiculous thought, but as the frequency and severity of the incidences increases, it’s either do something or do nothing," reflected George Bancroft, the assistant superintendent of operations. view article arw

The rash of threats against Houston area schools continue just days after the deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School. Law enforcement officers were dealing with at least eight threat incidents Wednesday at schools in the Bay City, Conroe, Cy-Fair, Houston, Katy and Pasadena school districts. view article arw

For West Brook High School Melanie Leonard the game ?Mafia Wars? was anything but funny for her Monday night. view article arw

At about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Frisco Police arrested a 14-year-old student for making a terroristic threat toward Cobb Middle School, a Frisco ISD school. The Frisco Police Department was made aware Wednesday morning of a noncredible threat against Cobb Middle School. While Frisco Police School Resource Officers were investigating the original threat, more threats were received at approximately 3 p.m. While investigating the additional threats, Frisco Police School Resource Officers were able to identify the suspect making the additional threats as a 14-year-old student of Cobb Middle School. view article arw

There will be increased security at China Spring High School this week after a threatening message was found on campus last month. Superintendent Marc Faulkner said the message found on a toilet read "May 24, 2018, shoot up the school," in the boy's bathroom on April 23. The FBI, McLennan County Sheriff's Office and Waco Police Department have been investigating the threat, but have been unable to find the suspect. A reward for information leading to an arrest was offered, starting at $100 and then later raised to $1,000, but they were still unsuccessful. view article arw

Less than a week after the Santa Fe school shooting in Southeast Texas left 10 dead, Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday convened a roundtable school-safety and security discussion. “I am seeking the best solutions to make our schools more secure and to keep our communities safe,” Abbott said in a statement. “I ­look forward to hearing from all sides of the debate, and from expert perspectives on these issues.”  But Ed Scruggs, vice chairman of Texas Gun Sense, called for state leaders to take steps now. view article arw

A parent whose daughter attends Forbes Middle School in Georgetown says the district isn't paying attention to potential school threats.  She says he daughter is terrified due to alleged threats another student has made online, and she says he's still allowed to walk the halls.  She says the school district is setting an example that makes it seem like it is OK to make threats and not be punished for them. view article arw

With more than 20 school shootings across the nation this year and the most recent shooting at the Santa Fe High School, safety has become a highly discussed topic for many districts including Coppell ISD. At Monday night’s school board meeting, the district staff brought forward several recommendations of how to improve campus security. view article arw

The Katy ISD's police department has launched an investigation into threatening text messages sent this week to more than a dozen students, most from minority backgrounds. Officials at Seven Lakes Junior High School said the threats went out Monday via text message to a group of students from unknown phone numbers, according to a statement released by the district. The messages included the n-word, based on a photo shared by Katy ISD parent Regina Alexander on Facebook. view article arw

A Pasadena Independent School District student was arrested Wednesday for bringing a handgun to a school, district officials said. view article arw

School safety is on many parents' minds after the tragic shootings in Santa Fe, Tex. last week. Two Grimes County school districts are now working on plans to arm some of their teachers and staff. They include Navasota ISD and Anderson-Shiro CISD. view article arw

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's meetings on school violence and safety promised to wade into the thorny issue of gun control with the next round, even though the Republican has been a staunch supporter of gun rights and worked to expand them in the state in recent years.  Abbott called for a series of high-level policy meetings after a high school near Houston became the latest to have a mass shooting. Eight students and two teachers were killed last week at Santa Fe High School and more than a dozen wounded. view article arw

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott kicked off a three-day summit on gun violence Tuesday afternoon, four days after 10 Santa Fe students and teachers were killed in the country's latest mass shooting. Abbott reminded the politicians, law enforcement and education leaders who gathered in the state Capitol about their shared mission — "to protect innocent lives in the state of Texas."  "Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, whether you are pro-gun or believe in more gun regulations, the reality is we both want guns out of the hands of those who would try to murder our children," Abbott said. "The question is what are we, the leaders of Texas, going to do to prevent this from happening again?" view article arw

Students said Dimitrios Pagourtzis often wore the same coat to school, which was adorned with pins and medallions representing rebellion and evil.  It’s unclear why suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis was wearing a duster-style trench coat during the shooting rampage at Santa Fe High School on Friday, considering the district’s dress code policy prohibits that type of clothing.  Many school districts changed their clothing policies since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado. Both gunmen in that mass shooting wore long coats and were investigated for ties to a student group known as “The Trench Coat Mafia.” view article arw

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's meetings on school violence and safety promised to wade into the thorny issue of gun control with the next round, even though the Republican has been a staunch supporter of gun rights and worked to expand them in the state in recent years.  Abbott called for a series of high-level policy meetings after a high school near Houston became the latest to have a mass shooting. Eight students and two teachers were killed last week at Santa Fe High School and more than a dozen wounded. view article arw

After a closed door meeting Tuesday on school safety and gun violence, Gov. Greg Abbott proposed a series of initiatives to prevent future school shootings, though he largely avoided talk of a special legislative session to immediately pass new laws. The roundtable discussion was the first of three scheduled this week to discuss school safety and gun violence following a massacre at Santa Fe High School last week. view article arw

After a deadly school shooting at a high school near Texas City, Lake Houston area school districts are examining safety protocols to find additional ways to enhance student safety. Humble ISD is participating in the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office’s initiative to increase law enforcement presence on school campuses across Pct. 4. “We have close to 500 patrol deputies and due to the recent shooting, we got with (Pct. 4 ISD) police chiefs and strategized,” said Constable Mark Herman. view article arw