BETTER PROTECTING OUR STUDENTS & TEACHERS
On May 18, 2018, a 17-year-old Santa Fe High School student walked in to an art class at his school with a shotgun and a .38 revolver that were legally owned by his father.1 He opened fire on students and school employees, killing ten people and injuring 13 others.2 He also had crudely constructed IEDs that failed to detonate.
On Tuesday, May 22, the Governor met with superintendents, administrators, and law enforcement officials to discuss possible improvements to the physical safety of Texas schools. As part of the discussion, the Governor focused on listening to what changes to existing school safety practices laws should be made. The overall theme of the day was the importance of schools partnering with local law enforcement to plan for emergency situations. Superintendents and other school officials also discussed zero-tolerance policies for serious threats made in the classroom. They indicated that they feel hamstrung by the current laws of the state and are forced to keep students in classrooms who represent a threat to themselves, teachers, or other students.
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