Texas Senate Approves $100M in Funding for School Security

Texas Senate Approves $100M in Funding for School Security

The Texas Senate has approved $100 million in one-time funding for school districts to install security upgrades to prevent school shootings.

The Texas Senate approved Wednesday $100 million in one-time funding for school districts to install security upgrades to prevent school shootings.

Schools could use the funding to improve doors at entrances and install equipment like video monitors to harden school security. Additional security equipment could include metal detectors, vehicle barriers, security systems, shooter alarm systems, two-way radios, security fencing, bullet-resistant glass and door-locking systems.

Texas legislators want to address the threat of school violence by helping districts increase their security and by improving access to mental health resources for students as a method of intervention before school violence begins.

Wednesday’s funding vote came less than a year after the Santa Fe High School shooting on May 18, 2018, in which a gunman fatally shot 10 people and wounded 13 others. The $100 million is part of a $6 billion bill that also included money for expenses related to Hurricane Harvey.

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