Houston Schools and Educators Respond to Uvalde Shooting


Gov. Greg Abbott said the 18-year-old suspected shooter was killed. He is believed to have been killed by officers responding to fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 85 miles west of San Antonio and 275 miles west of Houston.

Houston Police ISD, the state’s largest school system, is “evaluating safety measures on our campuses and will adjust accordingly,” Superintendent Millard House II said. There are no current threats, he added.

“Our hearts are aching as we share the grief and pain of the Uvalde community. The children, teachers, staff and families of Robb Elementary have experienced what no one should, let alone in a safe place to our children,” House said. “I will hold my children a little closer when I see them, as I am sure many of you will too. Let us hold the families of those who have lost loved ones just as tightly in our thoughts and send them strength. to get through this unimaginable pain.”

Zeph Capo, president of Texas AFT and former board member of Houston Schools, called for “legislation that meets some of the most basic requirements to ensure that unstable people do not take the lives of our children and of our teachers.

“The only thing that could break our hearts more is allowing these…beautiful souls to become another set of numbers in someone’s stats folder,” Capo said in a statement. Nineteen “kids will never graduate. A teacher will never go home. Countless others are hurt for the rest of their lives. Now is the time for change.”

The National Association of Social Workers Texas Chapters said schools should be safe and supportive havens for students.

“We encourage the Texas Legislature to review the steps for getting a gun in Texas and to explore all avenues that make schools safer and help prevent such tragedies from happening in the future,” the association said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Conroe, Spring and other area districts said they plan to increase police presence in response to the shooting. Spring also bans backpacks until the end of the school year.

Friendswood ISD posted a photo on Twitter that read, “Our hearts are with Uvalde.”

The CIOs of Aldine, Spring and Spring Branch made similar statements.

US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said he hopes the nation will not be oblivious to these mass tragedies.

“My heart aches for all the families in Uvalde, Texas who are going through every parent’s greatest fear and worst nightmare: a shooting at their children’s school,” he said. “As a parent, I am filled with grief for families and students; concern that as our schools move past pandemic closures, the fear of shootings has become all too real again; and anger at the unwillingness of many to pass legislation that would protect our children.”

The Department of Education will offer all federal resources to help the Robb Elementary School community recover, he said.

“I spent the formative part of my career in an elementary school in Connecticut. I will never forget the ripple effect of fear and grief that spread among students and teachers in the wake of the “Horrible Sandy Hook shooting. We must unite as a country against this senseless cycle of violence, act immediately to protect our children, and ensure that every child and every educator feels safe in our schools,” he said. -he declares.

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