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Texas: Lawmakers deal with school safety; calls for more mental health training/armed security

Aug 12, 2018, KXAN-TV, Austin, TX: 'No one magic solution'; Lawmakers recommend school safety steps Nearly three months after a deadly school shooting, Texas lawmakers say they're making progress toward legislation to improve school safety. "Everyone agrees that we've got to do what we can to stop and prevent these types of events from occurring in the future," said State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood. His district includes Santa Fe, where a teenager shot and killed 10 people and wounded 13 others in Santa Fe High School. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick chose Taylor to lead the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security…. The committee held hearings throughout the summer. "We did learn through this process that there is no one magic solution to this and so it is going to take a series of things," Taylor said…. Ideas that did get support from the committee include steps to help schools pay to add metal detectors and "hardened" entrances, legislation to pay for training for school marshals who can carry guns on campus and ways to make school counselors more available to students and ways to provide additional mental health training to school employees.


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