Texas governor convenes new discussions on school safety

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Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has called three days of discussions after a shooting at Santa Fe High School killed 10 people. "We're just trying to get back to normalcy".

Trochesset also praised Santa Fe Police Officer John Barnes, the school resource officer who was injured during the attack. Gillard, was in the art class Friday morning, knew all of the victims of the shooting.

Thursday will be a day for the victims of mass shootings in Texas, including the school shooting in Santa Fe that killed 10 and one at a church in Sutherland Springs last fall that killed 26.

Lawmakers, teachers, students, survivors of other mass shootings and both sides of the gun debate were asked to participate.

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

Abbott is using the roundtables as a way of "framing what we're going to see in the 2019 legislative session", Mark P. Jones, a political scientist at Rice University, said.

Democrats have accused the Republican leadership of talking about what to do rather than moving swiftly to pass gun restrictions and new school-safety measures.

The governor said he wants to explore ways to "harden" public schools against potential attacks.

"To put it bluntly, we find this a disgusting display of disregard of the toll gun violence takes and an absolute failure to respect your constituents in the wake of the #SantaFe shootings", the Austin chapter of March for Our Lives - the gun control initiative started by students in Parkland, Fla., following their own school shooting - said on Twitter. The focus will be gun legislation and what needs to change. "Even the young people from Santa Fe are not full-throated advocates of gun control to keep the children safe".


The team announced that for the two-game home series against the San Francisco Giants, all proceeds from the nightly 50/50 raffle at Minute Maid Park will benefit the Santa Fe Strong Memorial Fund. Her name has not yet been released, according to the Associated Press. "And two, she just didn't have feelings for the boy", he said.

"Some people are saying you can't prevent guns with guns", Ybarra said.

The move came after 17-year-old high school student Dimitrios Pagourtzis was charged for gunning down fellow students and teachers at his rural school Friday in the conservative state.

He is being held without bond, on suicide watch, at the Galveston County Jail in nearby Galveston, Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.


"Every time there's a shooting, everyone wants to talk about what the problem is", Abbott said before the meeting was closed to the media. The first one features officials from districts that arm some teachers or contract with local police for security.

That's the type of rhetoric being spouted by elected officials who have no intention of significantly changing gun laws.

Abbott and Texas Republicans have embraced a steady relaxation of gun laws in recent years.

After the 2012 assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Texas allowed teachers or school employees to carry handguns on campus if they met certain training requirements.


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