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78 Texas School Districts Without Safety Plan
The Texas School Safety Center is reporting 78 Texas school districts have either failed to submit safety audits as required by law or don't meet full compliance.
Attorney General Greg Abbott said Monday the districts "can't let another second tick" without having a safety plan to deal with the possibility of school violence like the carnage in Connecticut.
“Having a plan is important, but executing that plan under stress – when seconds count – is critical to saving lives. Texas schoolchildren must be safe and secure. The difference between life and death frequently hinges upon how educators and law enforcement respond in the seconds before and after a violent incident. Campus security audits provide crucial information about the proper response during disaster situations,” Abbott said.
The Texas School Safety Center was created in 1999 in the aftermath of the Columbine shootings in Colorado. The state education code requires public schools conduct safety audits once every three years.
Abbott's office says 38 of the state's 1,025 public school districts have filed no audit. Another 40 reported but aren't in compliance.
One district in Williamson County made the list, Coupland Independent School District.
To see a list of the districts not complying with the law, go to https://www.oag.state.tx.us/newspubs/releases/2012/121712schoolsafety_no_audit.pdf.
(by The Associated Press)