TX GOV SCHOOL SAFETY- In the aftermath of the May 18th school shooting in Texas that left 10 people dead, In Dallas yesterday—Governor Greg Abbott issued a 40 page report with 40 recommendations to improve school safety. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, the plan makes $120 million available to schools for more armed security. Governor Abbotts report puts a high priority on adding armed teachers and law enforcement officers in schools.
Abbott says- “trained security personal can make all the difference. My plan increases the number of school marshals by training more school marshals this summer at no cost to schools.”
Abbot says that could mean teaching teachers to carry guns …or hiring retired military or police officers. He also recommended local law officers spend more time
in schools. Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, who joined last week’s roundtable talks in Austin, likes one of those ideas, and rejects the other. “ There’s no way I would recommend the marshal program in our particular community. That may be appropriate with rural environments. I think we would be interested more in setting up an office for Dallas County constables to come in and do their paperwork.”
The Texas governor also wants schools to look at a program from Texas Tech that might clue in officials about potentially dangerous kids.