Santa Fe High School

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Officer From Santa Fe High school Shooting Released From Hospital

June 08, 2018 - 5:28 am

HOUSTON (1080 KRLD) - A police officer who was hurt in last month's shooting at Santa Fe High School has been released from a hospital in Galveston.

Officer John Barnes was shot in the elbow as he confronted the teen who's accused of gunning down eight of his classmates and two teachers. Barnes lost a significant amount of blood and his heart stopped twice - once on the way to the hospital, the other time on the operating room table.

Meanwhile, the Santa Fe school district implemented new security measures this week.

The district increased the number of officers and guards on its four campuses, and it also says it may hire more counselors. The steps are similar to recommendations Texas Governor Greg Abbott made following a series of roundtable discussions after the shooting.

Santa Fe didn't say how much all of it was going to cost, but the U.S. Education Department announced last week that the district would get a $1 million federal grant, and Governor Abbott has said the state will have access to another $70 million.