By Condition Rep. Brooks Landgraf
Texas students and lecturers deserve to be safe in the classroom. No Texas mother or father, college student or teacher need to have to stress about understanding if our general public educational facilities are secure.
Sadly, in the wake of the tragic reduction of everyday living in Uvalde, that is not the case for Texans today. As your state representative, I’m doing the job on viable answers to make colleges safe, cut down mass violence and shield the constitutional rights of law-abiding Texans.
However, this is a tricky issue to resolve – 1 that lawmakers in the two parties all throughout the nation have worked on for decades.
Listed here in Texas, we have carried out guidelines that have likely prevented quite a few episodes of mass violence, notably at educational institutions. It is difficult to assume how a great deal even worse this horrific trouble could be if some of these methods experienced not been taken. And it is also real that there are lessons that can be acquired from Uvalde.
In that regard, it’s important that we get a whole and precise accounting of what in fact happened that led to the murder of nineteen young youngsters and two harmless lecturers. Any guidelines created in response to that taking pictures, really should be based mostly on the precise specifics.
Lately, university basic safety was a single of Governor Abbott’s crisis things for the 2019 session subsequent the tragic faculty taking pictures at Santa Fe High Faculty. In response, the Texas Legislature handed a slew of steps to boost protection and psychological well being aid in Texas educational facilities, most notably Senate Bill 11.
This bill expected school districts to create risk assessment groups and the Texas Education Company (TEA) to adopt requirements for harmless and secure faculty services. In addition, the monthly bill recognized an yearly school security allotment for university districts to use in the direction of improving upon security and delivering psychological wellbeing staff. These steps are useful, but we ought to be certain that they are enforced throughout the point out to optimize protection and usefulness.
As your point out representative, I’ve supported successful attempts directed at improving college basic safety which include growing psychological health and fitness methods on public school campuses, providing more funding to college districts to harden their campuses and increase safety, growing the college marshal software, and necessitating school districts to employ crisis designs.
There is no issue there is a lot more work still left to be performed. I have by now begun to meet with nearby regulation enforcement to attain their point of view, and I’ve also heard from lots of of you (particularly educators) on how we can all do improved going forward.
I’m fully commited, not only as a condition consultant, but as a Texan and father, to looking for feasible and constitutional answers to make Texas universities risk-free.
At this minute we really do not have all the answers that we require, and I don’t know anyone who does at this second. Nonetheless, I’m confident that as Texans we will come with each other and work diligently and tirelessly to discover them. Speaking for myself, that course of action is nicely underway.
In the meantime, let’s proceed to pray for the Texans we missing at Robb Elementary, and all the people today who loved them.
God bless Texas!