AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today regarding the one-year anniversary of the Santa Fe school shooting:
“On the one-year anniversary of the tragic school shooting in Santa Fe, our hearts are still broken by this senseless act of violence. We continue to pray for the families of the victims, and for the entire Santa Fe community. Senator Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, and I met with those families and we attended the funerals of many of the victims. I will never forget the strength and faith of the people of Santa Fe during that awful time.
“After the shooting, Gov. Abbott and I vowed that we would use every resource available to protect the students in our public schools. The Texas Senate has passed the School Safety Act which addresses many of the issues we identified in the past year to make our schools safer, including securing all entrances and providing metal detectors for the schools that want them. We have also budgeted substantial state dollars to provide mental health resources for our schools and students in an effort to prevent these tragedies going forward.
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our children. Our goal is that no child ever feels afraid at school and our prayer is that no Texas family will ever again experience the grief that followed the horrible shooting that happened a year ago, today.”