Texas school safety roundtables set to get underway

Emergency crews gather in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where 10 people were killed

Emergency crews gather in the parking lot of Santa Fe High School where 10 people were killed

The crosses are a memorial to the victims of last Friday's shooting when 17-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis entered the school with a shotgun and a pistol and opened fire, killing 10 people.

The Republican has been governor of Texas since 2015.

In contrast, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told The New York Times that there were very few warning signs ahead of the shooting, stating that the shooting suspect's "slate is pretty clean". A 17-year-old student is being held on murder charges.

"We need to do more than just pray for the victims and the families", Abbott said on Friday at the school outside Houston following the attack.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution enshrines the right to bear arms.

Patrick blames a US "culture of violence" and says more needs to be done to keep shooters away from students, such as restricting school entrances and arming teachers with guns.

Gun control groups point to the regular toll of shootings across the United States as evidence that more needs to be done to rein in the proliferation of weapons.

The pitcher, who has committed to the University of Houston, said he chose to play Saturday with the victims' initials on his wrist to "give a little feeling of hope".

Mike Collier, a Democrat running for Texas lieutenant governor, expressed skepticism that the talks would bring significant change.

"Dozens of Texans have been killed in massacres just six months apart. and our state leadership feebly announces 'roundtables, '" Collier said, referring to the November shooting of 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Santa Fe school district officials said teachers and support staff will return to school on May 23, and students will return May 29.

American football player JJ Watt, who plays for the Houston Texans, has offered to pay for the funerals of the eight students and two teachers killed.

"This is a contest that started on May 1, well before these events", Wittman said in a phone interview.

Had it not been for God, Abbott said he too would still be stuck.

Roady said Texas law allows for the death penalty in capital murder cases, but he said he will not seek death for Pagourtzis because he is a minor; the Supreme Court has ruled that minors are not eligible to face capital punishment.

Loesch's criticism seemed to echo parts of a longtime campaign by some victims' families and others to get national media organizations to focus less on the shooters and their manifestos, pictures, postings and even their names, and more on victims as a strategy to reduce publicity that could inspire others seeking notoriety.

That's in sharp contrast to the response to the February 14 shooting rampage at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead. Parkland rejected its share of that funding.

Santa Fe High School is still "an active crime scene".

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    Lysaght declined further comment when contacted by The Associated Press and referred calls to a State Department spokesman. Pagourtzis, 17, entered Santa Fe High School with a shotgun and.38 revolver and allegedly opened fire during first-period.

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