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School Shootings

From Texas Standard:

Travis County named a building in Southeast Austin after Ray Martinez in 2004, but the inclusion of the former Austin police officer's name on the facade didn't tell the whole story. Now, the county is honoring Martinez – and telling his whole story – with a new historical plaque.

From Texas Standard:

A year ago Thursday, a shooter killed 17 students and staff members at a high school in Parkland, Fla. Three months later, it happened again: A gunman killed eight students and two teachers at Santa Fe High School, south of Houston.

In Texas, there's been skepticism over the years about the intentions of those who call for gun control. But one year after Parkland, and almost nine months after Santa Fe, there are small signs of a shift.

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Less than a year ago, on May 18, 2018, a shooter killed 10 people and wounded 13 at Santa Fe High School, south of Houston. It's been an arduous nine months for those who are recovering from the traumatic event. One survivor, law enforcement Officer John Barnes who was stationed at the school, was the last person shot that day. He spent weeks in the hospital, had more than six surgeries and has many more months left of rehabilitation.

A San Antonio Republican lawmaker believes the Texas Legislature should be as intensely focused on preventing another school shooting as they are on securing the Texas-Mexico border with state resources and funding.

State Rep. Lyle Larson wants to see at least one trained police officer assigned to every school campus throughout the state of Texas.
“It is imperative that someone at the school, both from a situational and tactical perspective, will keep them from continuing to kill people within that school,” Larson said.

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Teacher groups are cautiously optimistic about Gov. Greg Abbott's recommendations to improve school safety and mitigate the threat of another school shooting. But researchers say these proposals might add more in-class stress to the educators they're meant to support.

Ryan Poppe

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released a list of legislative priorities concerning school safety he’d like to see accomplished during the 2019 legislative session.

Gov. Greg Abbott’s office plans to present on Wednesday his set of proposals to keep schools safe and secure from future school shootings.