Lt. Gov. Patrick donates metal detectors to Santa Fe ISD after shooting

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SANTA FE, Texas (KXAN) — The Texas school district where 10 people were shot and killed in May will receive 10 metal detectors from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

In all, eight students and 2 teachers died when a classmate opened fire May 18 at Santa Fe High School. Since then, lawmakers have had numerous rounds of school safety meetings. During one of them, students from the high school spoke, asking for improvement to mental health resources at schools and more security on campuses.

“On the day of the shooting in Santa Fe, I made securing the entrances and exits to our schools a top priority,” Patrick said. “Santa Fe parents have asked for immediate action to secure the entrances to their schools and I want to make sure that if the Santa Fe ISD School Board wants to install metal detectors they can do so.”

Patrick also plans to introduce a matching fund program to the Senate during the next legislative session for other schools to buy metal detectors or wands.

Texas-based Garrett Metal Detectors is also donating detectors to Santa Fe ISD, and offered to train staff as well.

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