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Law Enforcement, School Officials, Elected Officials Hold Press Conference Concerning School Safety

(FORT BEND COUNTY) - Law enforcement officers, school district leaders and elected officials spoke this morning at a joint press conference to discuss school safety for the upcoming school year in the wake of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde in May.


Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan emphasized the need for all law enforcement agencies in the county to work together in the event of an active shooter. He also suggested that regardless of agency, all law enforcement on patrol near an elementary school should stop by the campus to check doors and notify the administration if any are unlocked.


“If an active shooter event were to happen these officers are all working together to go in with no hesitation,” said Fagan.


Officials from the Fort Bend ISD Police Department said that they have completed the now mandated assessment of all doors on all campuses.


Stafford Police Chief Richard Ramirez and LCISD Police Chief Dallis Warren also said that checking the school doors has been done long before the Texas Education Agency required it.


Stafford Municipal School District Superintendent Robert Bostic said that many policies have been updated to increase safety.


“We have changed many of our processes throughout the day inside our buildings, of what people look for during the day, besides just looking at your driver’s license they are looking at quite a few more things than that, and some of the processes they do with kids during the day,” said Bostic.


Details were sparse as to concrete plans in the case of an active shooter, but several speakers said the lack of details was an issue of safety.


“We don’t want to give the bad guys a head-start of what we are doing,” said Fagan. He also encouraged people to speak out when they see something concerning. “We have to be pro-active in this. I know you hear this all the time, if you see something, say something. Teachers pay attention to your students, understand when they are being bullied.”


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