5 things to know: Friday

5 things to know: Friday

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Petersburg ISD Superintendent: Arming teachers good for some schools, not others

PETERSBURG, Texas - In Governor Abbott's school and firearm safety action plan he has 40 points to protect your kids in the classroom including expanding the school marshal program. He wants to arm more teachers.

At Petersburg ISD the administration is already arming its teachers. They're too far away from a larger town for an immediate response should an active shooter situation occur. Drew Howard, the Superintendent for Petersburg, said there's no one-size-fits-all solution though. For Petersburg, who can't afford a school police department like Lubbock ISD or Cooper, the next best option in his eyes is arming teachers.

"You know setting some more guidelines are fine, but each local school district needs to look at its priorities and focus in on how it can best serve those kids in these communities," he said.

The governor announces funding for school marshal training will be available this summer. Actually expanding the program will take legislative action.


'Unclaimed' fallen military heroes en route to final resting place

LUBBOCK, Texas - The remains of eight military veterans are on the way to their final resting places. 

The Missing in America Project is making that possible. It's purpose is locating, identifying, and moving unclaimed cremated remains of american veterans. Benny Guerrero with the Veterans of Foreign Wars said while their families may no longer be alive, it is important for veterans to step in. 

"People may think that they're forgotten but they're not forgotten and that's why we are here, let people know, let them know, and let the heavily father know, hey they're not forgotten and we still love them and they're part of our family," he said. 

They all died in the past 15 years, surviving decades past their service. 

The funeral service will be at the Ft. Same Houston National Cemetery June 1st. 


School shooting Texas grant

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) - The Southeast Texas school district where a high school student went on a deadly shooting rampage, killing 10 teachers and students, is getting a $1 million federal grant to help with recovery.
  
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the grant Thursday for the Santa Fe Independent School District. The grant comes from Project School Emergency Response to Violence managed by the department's Office of Safe and Healthy Students.
  
Eight students and two substitute teachers were killed during the shooting at Santa Fe High School on May 18. Authorities have charged a 17-year-old student, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, with capital murder in the May 18 attack at Santa Fe High School. Pagourtzis is accused of using a shotgun and .38 


President Trump meets with families of victims of Santa Fe shooting

HOUSTON, Texas - President Trump meets with families, survivors and leaders from the Santa Fe community at a Coast Guard air station in Houston. Governor Abbot and Senator Cruz accompany him in the closed meeting.

The Galveston county sheriff says the president listened, asked questions and seemed teary-eyed while survivors described their experiences. The President didn't address the press pool before or after the meeting, but the White House indicates the issue is close to his heart.

"...he's the President of the United States but he is a father. He's also a husband. I think that's he's approaching these situations as a human being and as an individual you know as a parent. And not necessarily as a politician or a leader," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

She said the President will be meeting with his school safety commission this week and will likely be discussing ideas from the meeting.


Texas church bus crash

UVALDE, Texas - The driver of a pickup truck that hit a church bus in Uvalde county last year, killing 13 passengers, is not contesting charges. Jack Young, 21, pleads guilty to 13 counts of intoxicated manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault.

There was only a single survivor on the bus carrying worshippers from First Baptist Church in New Braunfels. Young told investigators he had been taking prescription drugs and was checking his phone for a text message when he slammed into the bus near San Antonio in march 2017.

Young faces up to 270 years in prison when he's sentenced in November.


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