Texas governor convenes school safety roundtable

Dimitri Pagourtzis 17 is being held without bond in Galveston County Jail in Texas

Wall said that the district will later provide additional information to students on academics, campus activities and end of the year procedures. Trochesset said 200 officers from law enforcement agencies throughout the region converged Friday afternoon on the shooting scene.

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Abbott started the meeting in Austin by discussing the format. Eight students and two teachers were killed and more than a dozen wounded.

Republican lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, a staunch supporter of gun rights in Texas, blamed the number of doors in schools to be the root-cause of the entire problem.

"That's a process question", he said. Tuesday focused on mental health issues. "We came up with some very solid solutions", Abbott told reporters.

Attendees of Tuesday's discussion included leaders from the Texas House and Senate and the heads of the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Department of Public Safety. For too long, too many American adults were willing to sacrifice children and as a result, children have grown accustomed to a reality in which they develop a mindset that they have to march for their lives in the name of school safety and, if necessary, sacrifice their lives.

He also reiterated the suggestion he first made Friday immediately after the shooting that school campuses be redesigned to have fewer entrances.

Memorials have sprung up around Santa Fe Texas for those killed in the high school massacre
Memorials have sprung up around Santa Fe Texas for those killed in the high school massacre

The elder Pagourtzis said his son took a legally owned shotgun and handgun from his closet before leaving for school that day. But Whitmire said they'll have to be careful to avoid a "one-size-fits-all" approach.

Political analysts said if Abbott wanted to implement changes already floated, such as adding more metal detectors in schools and allowing for court orders to remove firearms from a person who presents a danger, he would call for a special legislative session. It's important to understand Houston is different than Round Rock, Whitmire said. And I think that they're starting to get frustrated - and reflect the frustration of the voters who elected them - with not being able to protect kids and schools. "So when we try to incorporate parent involvement and hold parents accountable, you've got to face reality that some parents are not welcome to the school". It will include advocates both for and against further gun restrictions, mental health experts and social media experts, he said.

School massacres have become so frequent that there was a noticeable absence of the strong reactions expected after 10 students and adults were killed by a 17-year-old shooter last week in Santa Fe, Texas. The exact list of attendees for Thursday has not yet been released.

"We need armed teachers, trained of course, not just anyone who has a gun but trained in how to handle active shooters."

Thanks to pressure from these groups, Maryland, Vermont and OR have passed laws created to take guns away from domestic abusers, with Kansas and Pennsylvania set to do the same.

About two-thirds of Texas Republicans believe if more people carried guns, the state would be safer, according to a statewide survey in late 2017 from the University of Texas and Texas Tribune.

So far, the ideas discussed at the meeting are just that.

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