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The State of Texas Making Legal Changes to Prevent School Shootings

A new Texas law that requires an armed security guard, officer, or similar alternative at every school throughout the school day goes into effect on September 1, 2023.


HB3 was passed on the heels of Texas' deadliest school shooting, in Uvalde at Robb Elementary School. During that incident, 19 kids and two adults were killed by a gunman. It took 77 minutes for law enforcement to intervene finally, which caused many individuals to lose their lives.


The school resource officers will each be paid $80,000.00 a year, and the state will fund

$15,000.00 per school to help with the cost. Each officer will undergo 80 hours of training and complete a 16-hour course every two years.


The state of Texas feels by placing a trained officer in each school, they would have the ability to stop or prevent a school shooting, especially from within the building.


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Fort Worth Star-telegram

Updated August 10, 2023


By Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial Board

Updated August 10, 2023


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