Houston-area schools increase security after deadly shooting

Spring ISD police chief Victor Mitchell watches as students check through metal detectors on the first day of school in 2013. Photo: Provided By Spring High School

Houston-area school districts said Monday that they were stepping up security in the wake of last week’s shooting at Santa Fe High School, which left eight students and two teachers dead. Another 13 people were injured. Seven Houston-area schools reported gun threats on Monday. A student at League City Intermediate, less than 15 miles from Santa Fe High, was arrested for allegedly bringing a loaded gun to school. A student at an elementary school brought a plastic pellet-gun replica of a Beretta 9mm semi-automatic pistol. An eighth-grader at another school was charged with making a terroristic threat. A day earlier, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said on CBS’ Face the Nation that protecting students required action, but too many leaders are “not doing anything other than offering prayers.”

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