Texas governor convenes school safety roundtable

Judy Cobb
May 24, 2018

The district is offering additional community mental health resources including counseling at each Santa Fe ISD campus through June 1. She's also part of the "March for Our Lives" movement, the gun reform group that gained momentum after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) said about the Santa Fe High School shooting, "Once again, Texas has seen the face of evil" ["Gunman kills 10 at Texas high school", front page, May 19].

The first meeting, which focused on school and community safety, included nearly two dozen school administrators, politicians, law enforcement officials and an architect with expertise on school design, among others.

People from across the state - parents, teachers, students, legislators, and interest groups that advocate for and against further gun regulations - will be included in the roundtables. So will Texas Gun Sense, which promotes common-sense reforms to prevent violence.

Put biometrics on gun triggers: Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said he wants biometrics on guns to make sure unauthorized people don't use them. But critics say Texas isn't serious about changing its gun-loving culture.

Pagourtzis' attorney, Nick Poehl, told ABC News on Monday that other students told him that his client had been bullied by students and adults at Santa Fe High School.

Abbott says everyone shares a "common goal - to protect innocent lives". Several top Republicans have called for the state to "harden" school campuses against future attacks and arm more teachers.

"I believe that's what was behind" the shooting at Santa Fe High School. But Whitmire said they'll have to be careful to avoid a "one-size-fits-all" approach.

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"He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no", Rodriguez said.

In a phone interview with Greece's Antenna TV, Antonios Pagourtzis said he wished he could have stopped Friday's killings at Santa Fe High School. His voice cracks as he describes how he told police to let him inside the school so his son could kill him instead.

Under Texas law, prosecutors can file a misdemeanor charge against a gun owner who failed to secure a weapon and a child under 17 gains access to a "readily dischargeable" firearm from that person's property.

Mann says she had a great attitude and "never got mad at anybody for doing something stupid".

On Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott held the first day of his three-day roundtable discussions on school safety at the State Capitol in Austin.

An outgoing and "really funny" student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom, an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service and a substitute teacher who frequently hosted gatherings were among the 10 people killed at a Texas high school.

Under Texas law, the maximum sentence for capital murder for those under 18 is a life sentence that allows for the prisoner to apply for parole after 40 years, according to Robert Dunham of the Death Penalty Information Center.

"Texas Republicans look at this tragedy and they do not see the gun as the problem", said Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston.

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