More Armed School Staff, Counselors Discussed at First Texas Roundtable

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"Heroes" inside Santa Fe High School last week cornered the mass shooter within four minutes, keeping him contained until additional officers arrived to evacuate teachers and students, the Galveston County Sheriff said.

The first meeting Tuesday was attended by nearly two dozen school administrators, politicians, law enforcement officials and an architect with expertise on school design, among others.

The governor focused largely on what could be done without legislative approval.

A Texas school district says it will be holding a graduation ceremony as planned for the high school where 10 people were killed during a deadly shooting last week. "We came up with some solid solutions".

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.

Eight students and two teachers were killed and 11 more were injured in the shooting Friday at Santa Fe High School.

A lot of them expressed optimism after the meeting.

By now you have heard Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick's dubious suggestion that schools should reduce the number of entrances and exits to prevent more shootings - and that divorce, abortion and video games are to blame. These are the volunteers who have gone door to door with petitions and who speak before state legislatures. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat and chair of the Senate's Criminal Justice Committee, both echoed Patrick's optimism after the meeting and were happy with numerous proposals. It's important to understand Houston is different than Round Rock, Whitmire said.

Santa Fe. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called for a moment of silence at 10 a.m. Monday morning to remember the victims of
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Leigh Wall, the superintendent of the district about 30 miles southeast of Houston, said in a letter to parents Tuesday that teachers and support staff will be working to prepare for the return of students next Tuesday.

"We have our schools that are not hard targets". If the shooter's father in Santa Fe owned the guns in question, he should be legally responsible for this mass shooting for allowing his son to get to the guns.

A group of experts are also expected to take part in the discussions, which will be second of three roundtables that the governor said would focus on mental health issues and the causes of gun violence.

These are the people who forced change in Vermont, persuading Gov. Phil Scott to require a criminal background check for every gun sale in the state, and who, in Florida, successfully pushed for a red-flag law and raised the minimum age to buy a gun to 21. And it has come not from the top, but from grass-roots campaigns often driven by women - the infuriated-mom equivalent of #MeToo that has joined with older organizations like The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Guns.

And in a news release Tuesday morning, U.S. Rep. He argued on Sunday that the cause of the problem is not guns.

The latest school shooting is unlikely to lead to significant new gun restrictions in Texas.

The suspect's attorney, Nicholas Poehl, has said he is investigating whether his client endured any "teacher-on-student" bullying after reading reports of the teen being mistreated by football coaches.

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