SANTA FE, Texas — College students in Santa Fe, Texas, will start a brand new college 12 months Monday with further safety measures in place following a mass capturing in Could that left 10 folks useless.
The college district had metallic detectors put in at entrances and employed 5 further cops, in addition to 10 “safety assistants” who will monitor hallways all through the day. Lecturers are receiving coaching on each trauma assist and lively shooter conditions.
For some college students, Monday would be the first time they’ve been again in school because the capturing rampage , which occurred towards the top of the college 12 months.
“We’re going to strive our greatest to get all of it proper on Monday, however I’m certain there will likely be issues we’ll have to return and tweak to get it proper,” college board President J.R. “Rusty” Norman stated final week, in accordance with the Houston Chronicle. “However we are going to get it proper.”
The college has additionally constructed a brand new hallway so college students and workers received’t have to stroll within the artwork classroom space, the place authorities say Dimitrios Pagourtzis started a rampage that killed eight college students and two lecturers. A grand jury has indicted Pagourtzis on capital homicide costs, and he stays jailed with out bond.
The college says it’s additionally employed further counselors who specialise in trauma to help college students and workers, Superintendent Leigh Wall stated in a video posted on the district’s web site that outlines the safety adjustments.
“It’s going to be tough in some ways for many individuals to return,” Wall stated. “However I additionally suppose it’s going to be an amazing alternative for us to come back collectively and pull collectively as a group.”
Rhonda Hart, whose 14-year-old daughter, Kimberly Vaughan, was among the many college students who died within the capturing, stated she and different victims’ dad and mom welcomed new security options at the highschool, together with metallic detectors. Nonetheless, Hart, who has been outspoken on the necessity for extra gun management, stated her middle-school-age son wouldn’t be returning to a Santa Fe district college this 12 months.
“So long as we’ve got the management in Austin and Washington, D.C., that we’ve got now, I don’t belief Texas colleges to guard my child,” Hart stated.