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Texas shooting suspect's dad says son may have been bullied

25 May 2018

Abbott said he'll meet Wednesday with gun rights and gun control advocacy groups and Thursday with victims of the attack at Santa Fe High School and the November attack on a church in Sutherland Springs.

About 20 people, including supporters and opponents of arming teachers, attended the first of three days of meetings in the state capital, Austin, following the fourth-deadliest USA school shooting this year at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday.

Wednesday's meeting will include representatives of gun control group Texas Gun Sense and the Texas State Rifle Association, which is affiliated with the National Rifle Association. "There's not a single answer".

In so doing, he pledged to seek ways to prevent more school shootings like the one Friday at a high school in Santa Fe, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Houston.

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But Texas is not expected to follow Florida's path in enacting new gun restrictions.

"We will be increasing police visibility at each school through the remainder of the school year", Greg Smith, the superintendent of schools at Clear Creek, said in a letter. Several top Republicans have called for the state to "harden" school campuses against future attacks and arm more teachers. He acknowledged that such airport-style screening would carry a high cost for the thousands of school districts in the state.

The Republican-controlled legislature is out of session until January 2019, making it almost impossible for the state to implement and fund any major changes that come out of this week's talks.

Discussion topics on the Tuesday roundtable agenda focused on tactical training exercises. He did not respond to a request for comment.

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"I have one single goal over the next few hours that we will be here, and that is to gain as much information as possible from each person in this room", said Gov. Abbott. Abbott has given no indication that he would do so. Active shooter drills were done and the school had even won a statewide safety award. So Delgado had taken an unpopular stand in her home state of Texas, with some of the most permissible gun laws in America: She attended town hall meetings, quizzed candidates running for office about their stance on guns and drove to Houston to join the March for Our Lives rally — as thousands across the country, galvanized by the outspoken students who survived the Parkland shooting, took to the streets to call for gun laws that might stop the all-too-common occurrence of children being massacred in their classrooms. He said after the shooting that he wanted to use it across the state.

Teachers have returned to work at a Texas high school where 10 people were killed.

About 42,000 students have been screened through the program, according to data provided by Texas Tech.

"Roughly about a third of those that were triaged were for suicidal intention, and they're mostly female; females act in, males act out", Phillips said.

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A woman wearing a Texas T-shirt holds a lighted candle during a vigil held in the wake of a deadly school shooting at Santa Fe High School on Friday in Galveston, Tex.

Texas shooting suspect's dad says son may have been bullied