‘Is there an answer?’ Increasing security in schools


As Memorial Day approaches and school wraps up for many students across the country, it does so on a somber note. 

Twenty two school shootings have taken place since January 1st, just 141 days into the year. 

Political parties aside, people are getting frustrated.

“People want to hear more than thoughts and prayers from politicians,” said Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia. 

As funerals for the ten killed at Santa Fe High School on Friday begin, lawmakers are again offering up their thoughts on preventing another tragedy.

“It’s not any one issue. But again we have to look at our culture of violence, just our violent society. Our Facebook, our Twitter. The bullying of adults on adults and children on children,” said Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. 

“One of the strategies we’re looking at is a program being used by schools here in the State of Texas and perhaps expanding it across the state of Texas that looks at social media platforms of students and performs a threat assessment evaluation. We need to do that,” added Texas Governor Greg Abbot. 

Investigators combed through the social media accounts of 17-year-old Demetrious Pagourtzis, finding a few red flags in the process. But on all other accounts, he seemed to be an average high school kid.

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick appeared on ‘State of the Union’ Sunday saying we need to make schools more secure. 

“We need to get down to one or two entrances in our schools. You have the necessary exits for fire of course, but we have to funnel our students into our schools so we can put eyes on them. This young man showed up with a trench coat, that he wore often, I’ve learned. And he had a gun in it. And he came through one of the entrances undetected,” he siad. 

Patrick also believes teachers need to be armed. He says four to five guns to the one would put a stop to a potential school shooter. 

But Senator Mark Warner of Virginia disagrees. 

“But there needs to be a combination of increased school security, which I would not include in terms of arming teachers, I think that is the wrong direction. I think more mental health training for perhaps these troubled youth, boys in the high school age area, and I think we need reasonable restrictions on guns,” Warner said. 

Whether there is a clear cut answer to the problem with so many different pieces remains to be seen, but many are hopeful that some kind of changes can be made before students go back to class this fall. 

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