Texas: Santa Fe shooting committee rejects ‘red flag’ law, backs more school security
By Chris Eger
Emergency personnel respond to Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018 (Photo: Screenshot via KTRK-TV ABC13)
Lawmakers on a state school safety committee delivered their findings this week, opting against more gun control and in favor of “hardening” schools.
The 32-page report of the Texas Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security was released Monday and sent to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Convened just after the shooting this May at Santa Fe High School outside of Houston that claimed the lives of 10, the committee was given the mandate to examine the root cause of mass murder in schools and what could be done to both intercept high-risk potential threats and make campuses safer.
In submitting their report, the committee recommended a number of steps to make schools more secure by adding funding for cameras, metal detectors, and controlled entry points as well as exploring a school marshal program designed to arm some faculty members. This was in-line with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott‘s own 44-page school security plan advanced just weeks after Santa Fe.
Other changes would be increased mental health training for school staff and resources for students.
What was not recommended by the group was a