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Texas: Schools add more security and mental health staff

Aug 5, 2018, KWBE, Beatrice, NE: US schools implement new safety measures in wake of recent mass shootings—measures-in-wake-of-recent-mass-shootings-abcid36096980/# (SANTA FE, Texas) As some school districts get ready to head back to school, officials continue to keep campus safety a priority in the wake of recent school shootings. From hiring additional personnel, digitally mapping out schools or arming teachers, various measures have been taken to increase protection. After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed, nearly 57 percent of students said they’re worried about the possibility of a shooting happening at their school, according to the Pew Research Center. In the same report, around 63 percent of parents said they worry that a shooting could occur at their child’s school…. Those additional resources might not be available to some school districts, such as Lee County in Virginia. Because of a tight budget, Lee County Public Schools is among a small group of U.S. schools that will arm a selective number of its teachers and staff…. The Austin Independent School District, …has taken safety measures by maintaining a police presence at its schools. An additional five police officers, extra personnel and a second mental health officer have been added to the department.

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