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Latest School Shooting Prompts Security Review For North Texas Schools

May 21, 2018 - 5:13 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - School districts in North Texas are increasing security as a result of the shooting last week at Santa Fe High School. 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is urging a state-wide moment of silence at 10:00 a.m. Monday to honor the victims of the latest school shooting tragedy. Meanwhile, districts in north Texas say they're increasing security to make students and parents feel more at ease.

The Superintendent of the Arlington Independent School District put out a letter saying schools should be among the safest places for students and staff.

Marcelo Cavazos says he believes campuses are safe and Arlington Police will have a more visible presence at schools for the rest of the year.

"Schools should be among the safest places for students and staff, and we are committed to ensuring just that," Cavazos wrote in a letter to parents and staff.

6,000 Dallas ISD students will take the promise to "see, say, do something." The event will take place at the AAC and will feature a panel discussion with the Dallas ISD teen school board members, speakers from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and Dallas ISD police among others.

Dallas ISD officials say the event is the first of its kind, created to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from and active shooter crisis or a similar incident.

Fort Worth ISD sent a message to employees, saying it launched training with Fort Worth Police known as "Avoid, Deny, Defend." The district says it will revisit that training to "review and reinforce all safety procedures on and around our campuses."

Mansfield ISD says it started reviewing safety protocol after the parkland shooting Florida.

After the shooting at Santa Fe High School, Mansfield leaders say they immediately reached out to police to make sure there's a uniformed officer at each school for the rest of the year.