At the time of the shooting, Marshall County High School only had one resource officer; Lovett has hired four more for the county since then. Three of the SROs primarily work at the high school and two are stationed at the middle schools but rotate to the various elementary schools.
After a visitor enters through the front door, they step into the vestibule, which contains a security camera and a staff member seated in a small enclosure behind bullet-resistant glass.
At least “one emergency law enforcement drill per semester” would have to be conducted to address emergencies like active shooter situations, according to the bill. The bill would also require students to be present when the drills were conducted.
"We started this semester with student ID cards as another form of an added security measure for our campus as well as helping us out in a lot of different ways," said Dr. Jimmy Shuck, Principal at S.C. Lee Junior High School.
Per the agreement, the access will be restricted to emergency situations such as a threat to the school, a 911 call received from the school or somewhere nearby or assistance requested by the school.
Kemp said his school safety plan will include $30,000 for each of the state’s 2,294 public schools to use for school security.
The events of 2018 have school safety at the top of mind for Texas legislation.
New security measures are in place at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools this year, following the Oct. 29, 2018, shooting of a student at Butler High School.
New security measures include an emphasis on emergency training and drills, access control and student wellness.
More than half a million students, parents and staff members had their personal information exposed in a data breach in 2018.