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Renewed focus on school resource officers and gun control legislation after Uvalde massacre

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Brian Kirkpatrick
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Texas Public Radio

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of school shootings with injuries or fatalities has increased steadily.

Last week’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary renewed debates about gun control legislation and campus safety.

Some details about the timeline of events, the whereabouts of the school resource officer, and general school safety questions remain unknown to the public.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is expected to release a report about their investigation of the school shooting and police response on Friday.

What is the role of a school resource officer? Are more school resource officers needed per campus? What safety precautions would parents like to see enacted at their child’s school? How much community input is involved in school safety measures?

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*This interview was recorded on Thursday, June 2.

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