Texas leaders mull more security, mental health screenings to prevent shootings

Texas leaders mull more security, mental health screenings to prevent shootings

Texas leaders mull more security, mental health screenings to prevent shootings

The high school student also rejected the idea that Santa Fe High School will only be remembered for the shooting. Authorities said the Santa Fe High student opened fire with his father's shotgun and.38-caliber handgun.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott met Tuesday with experts and politicians to discuss how to prevent school shootings, five days after a teenage gunman killed 10 people at a high school in the southern USA state.

"The heroes from that [Independent School District] engaged this individual in approximately four minutes and stayed engaged with him, keeping him contained and engaged", Trochesset said, "so the other heroes - that continued to arrive - could evacuate the teachers administrators in the students from this school". I have the deepest sympathy for the teachers and students who died or were wounded in any and all of this countries school shootings. I've got questions. Is there a second review if you are in fact, mentally ill? "There's not a single answer". There have been new calls to arm teachers and "harden" campuses against attacks in the wake of last week's shooting at Santa Fe High School that left eight students and two teachers dead.

"The problem is that innocent people are being shot", Abbott said.

Abbott, a Republican who has worked to expand gun rights in the state, called for the meetings as he weighs ideas for possible legislative action or executive orders. He acknowledged that such airport-style screening would carry a high cost for the thousands of school districts in the state.

State Sen. Joan Huffman, a Republican from Houston who leads the State Affairs Committee, and her colleague, Sen.

Abbott, a Republican, focused the first of three "roundtable sessions" on school safety. He did not respond to a request for comment. Abbott has given no indication that he would do so.

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The sheriff said the deadly shooting ended with the suspect being trapped in a room, with police in a hallway.

Wall said while officials would like students back in school "we realize that there are students, staff and families who need time for grieving and mourning". "It is unchallenged at the state level", Jillson said.

They included trying to provide a grant to the Texas School Safety Center to train local school districts and law enforcement agencies on collaboration, creating a statewide threat assessment system, expanding a Lubbock program aimed at preventing at-risk students from committing violent acts and creating a list of recommendations for all schools on how they can immediately make their schools safer, like re-evaluating entrances and exits and placing law enforcement inside schools.

About 42,000 students have been screened through the program, according to data provided by Texas Tech.

"We did more today than talk", the governor said.

Wednesday's discussion will focus on gun regulations, mental health solutions and underlying causes of gun violence, Abbott said just before Tuesday's meeting. They included measures to buy back guns, improve gun safety education and create a lethal violence protective order to stop a potentially risky person from buying or possessing a firearm.

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