Texas considers how to prevent school shootings

Sanders shows Texas shooting victim Cynthia Tisdale top right with her husband Recicie Tisdale center and niece Olinde left. Cynthia Tisdale a substitute teacher who relatives say had a

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Texas' second day of roundtables on curbing school shootings will tackle the thorny issue of gun control, with the state's chief firearm lobbying association and a gun reform group attending. So will Texas Gun Sense, which promotes common-sense reforms to prevent violence. 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 unsafe to themselves or others. Wednesday's session will focus on gun regulations, mental health and causes of gun violence, he said.

At the first meeting on Tuesday, participants proposed expanding school safety training programs, bolstering threat assessment systems and expanding a pilot program created to screen for students, who might be a threat to themselves or others.

Relatives said they remained "mostly in the dark about the specifics" of the attack and shared "the public's hunger for answers".

The Republican has been a staunch supporter of gun rights and worked to expand them in the state in recent years.

The Democratic mayor of Houston, while advocating for metal detectors at all schools, also called for tougher gun laws.

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A woman wearing a Texas T-shirt holds a lighted candle during a vigil held in the wake of a deadly school shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday in Galveston, Tex.

Other ideas that Abbott mentioned were increasing the number of school counselors, creating incentives for students to share information about potential threats and evaluating an expansion of a state program that arms teachers.

"She worked at the school not out of necessity but for the love of teaching and helping others", he said.

Aguilera says she's ready for classes to resume next week so that she can join with friends again "to show how strong we are".

Eight students and two teachers were killed when a 17-year-old student opened fire at Santa Fe High School last week in the latest mass shooting at a USA school.

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Santa Fe High School instructors and support staff returned to campus on Wednesday, four days after the mass shooting that left eight students and two teachers dead.

"I believe that's what was behind" the shooting, Antonios Pagourtzis told the newspaper.

How do you stop the bad guy from getting a gun? He says he thinks someone might have hurt his son and that this could have prompted the attack.

The Republican-controlled legislature is out of session until January 2019, making it almost impossible for the state to implement and fund any major changes that come out of this week's three roundtable discussions. Numerous aspects of the attack mirrored another American school shooting: The massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado in April 1999, when two teenage boys with weapons hidden under trench coats killed 12 students and one teacher. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat and chair of the Senate's Criminal Justice Committee, both echoed Patrick's optimism after the meeting and were happy with numerous proposals.

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