Abbott to host roundtable discussions on school safety

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"And we still have this gun debate, George, on whether or not teachers should be armed or not".

Straus (R-San Antonio) also extended his condolences in a Facebook statement following the tragedy at Santa Fe High School, stating that talking about school safety is not enough. He announced Monday the first of a series of meetings aimed at finding better ways to protect Texas schools following Friday's shooting.

Meanwhile, authorities said some explosives that were discovered in connection with the grisly mass shooting were functional, which could increase the charges against Pagourtzis, the Houston Chronicle reported.

"By now, we know what the problem is". He allegedly used a shotgun and a.38 revolver in the attack, Abbott said. It's unclear whether the suspect's father was aware that his son had taken the weapons.

The U.S. Supreme Court has avoided major gun cases for a number of years, leaving in place restrictions on guns enacted by some states.

In April 2007, a senior at the university committed the deadliest school shooting in modern USA history, killing 32 people and injuring 17 others in two separate attacks on campus - one in a co-ed dormitory and the other in the Engineering, Science and Mechanics building. Advocates for and against stricter gun regulations said they were asked to attend Wednesday.

"We can't do gun violence prevention without being optimistic".

"We have a lot information and there is a lot of investigation still to be done", Roady said. "What we need is action".

"If we act now, we can implement policy and appropriate state funding to ensure our schools will be safer before the next school year begins in August", Cook wrote.

The baccalaureate service was moved from Santa Fe High School's auditorium because of the shooting. Assigning blame to a particular firearm or a caliber, that's not helpful.

A "decent amount of cameras in the school" will help investigators piece together a timeline, Trochesset said.

After the 2012 assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Texas allowed teachers or school employees to carry handguns on campus if they met certain training requirements. Several other law enforcement agencies and school officials were invited to provide their own unique perspectives.

Almost 200 Texas school districts allow staff to carry guns.

All schools in Santa Fe will be closed today and tomorrow, officials said. Abbott also said Pagourtzis wanted to commit suicide, citing the suspect's journals, but lacked the courage to do so.Pagourtzis' family said in a statement it was "saddened and dismayed" by the shooting and "as shocked as anyone else" by the events.

An outgoing and "really funny" student who blocked the door to try to prevent the gunman from entering the classroom, an exchange student who aspired to work in civil service and a substitute teacher who frequently hosted gatherings were among the 10 people killed at a Texas high school.

All three students were arrested.

A handful of lawmakers have called on Abbott to convene a special legislative session to address school safety.

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