Santa Fe hits home for veteran of helping mass shooting victims heal

25 May, 2018, 11:09 | Author: Gary Shelton
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The program trains people, using Federal Bureau of Investigation threat-assessment criteria, to go to schools and screen students, according to Billy Philips, an epidemiologist and director of the Office of Rural Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

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Political analysts said if Abbott wanted to implement changes already floated, such as adding more metal detectors in schools and allowing for court orders to remove firearms from a person who presents a danger, he would call for a special legislative session.

Reuters reported that about 42,000 students have been screened through that program, and 1 percent of them were referred to licensed counselors after their evaluation.

Students on Wednesday were being given another opportunity to retrieve personal belongings from the school.

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

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The sheriff said the deadly shooting ended with the suspect being trapped in a room, with police in a hallway.

"That's a process question", he said.

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.

Houston Astros players wore T-shirts that read "We Play For Santa Fe" during batting practice Tuesday in honor of the victims of Friday's school shooting.

Majority expressed optimism after the meeting.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) has suggested following the shooting that schools should have fewer entrances and exits, which would allow security to better monitor who is coming in and out of the building. The school district issued a statement saying it investigated the accusations and "confirmed that these reports were untrue".

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State Sen. Joan Huffman, a Republican from Houston who leads the State Affairs Committee, and her colleague, Sen.

"I know a school district in the Houston area that's got 20,000 students who've got undocumented parents", he said.

The shirts have "We Play For Santa Fe" on them and are in the school's colors.

Gun ownership can be a point of pride for many in the Lone Star State, and even some Santa Fe High School students have spoken out against linking the shooting to the need for more gun control.

The talks came in the aftermath of Friday's massacre at Santa Fe High School that killed eight children and two teachers in the latest example of the mass shootings that have become a pervasive part of American life. 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. Her group will stress tougher background checks, suicide prevention, gun safety at home and so-called "red flag" laws that restrict gun access for people identified as potentially risky to themselves or others.

And in a news release Tuesday morning, U.S. Rep. Texas Gun Sense, which advocates for further gun restrictions, is expected to attend Abbott's discussion Wednesday.

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Manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday: "We offer support and our intention with these shirts on how to keep the conversation alive on how to hopefully avoid the next one".

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