Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday unveiled a slate of suggestions geared toward making “our colleges and our state a safer place.”
Abbott’s suggestions included creation of vestibules the place faculty doorways should be remotely unlocked earlier than guests can enter, set up of steel detectors and addition of alarms that might sign the presence of an energetic shooter.
The proposals have been a part of a 43-page report that addressed methods to make colleges and communities safer. Abbott unveiled the report a day after college students returned to Santa Fe Excessive College for the primary time since a Could 18 capturing that left eight college students and two substitute lecturers useless.
Abbott additionally inspired the legislature to contemplate adopting a “purple flag” legislation that might enable household, legislation enforcement officers and others to file a petition to take away firearms from a probably harmful individual.
He additionally really useful increasing a program statewide that is geared toward figuring out college students with psychological well being issues and eradicating them from faculty.
Abbott proposed a change to the state legislation that claims weapons cannot be made accessible to youngsters underneath 17, with exceptions similar to for searching or to be used with parental supervision. He is encouraging the legislature to contemplate altering the age to incorporate 17-year-olds. The accused gunman within the capturing was 17 and used his father’s firearms.