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Texas government orders ‘active shooter training’ in all public schools

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday ordered school districts across the state to undergo “active shooter training” after last month’s massacre in Uvalde.

In a letter to a statewide training expert group, Abbott said he wants the focus to be on teaching “school-based law enforcement.” in all 1,022 districts in the Lone Star State following the May 24 mass shooting that left 19 fourth-graders and two teachers dead at Robb Elementary.

“Texas can benefit from the expertise offered by your organization,” the governor wrote to Peter Blair, director of advanced law enforcement rapid response training, KSAT News reported.

“We sadly recognize there is nothing we can do to bring back the precious lives that were taken,” Abbott said. “However, we must do everything in our power to prevent the same tragic end from happening again.

A makeshift memorial outside Robb Elementary School after the May 24 shooting.
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“An important part of these prevention efforts should focus on properly training law enforcement and school administrators on how to respond when faced with the threat of an active shooter on their campus.”

The move comes amid investigations by the Justice Department and the Texas Rangers into how local law enforcement responded to the horror.

Cops remained outside the elementary school for more than an hour after Salvador Ramos, a deranged gunman, 18, stormed the building, barricaded himself in nearby classrooms and killed 21 people while injuring 17 others.

"We sadly recognize that there is nothing we can do to bring back the precious lives that were taken," said Abbott.
“We sadly recognize there is nothing we can do to bring back the precious lives that were taken,” Abbott said.
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Police did not go inside even amid desperate 911 calls from youngsters trapped inside and pleas from parents outside the school begging the cops to do something.

Border Patrol agents eventually arrived on the scene and rushed into the building, killing Ramos.

Abbott said ALERRT, which is based at Texas State University, has trained more than 200,000 first responders across the United States and “provides the best research-based active shooter response training in the country.”

Law enforcement has come under fire for their handling of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.
Law enforcement has come under fire for their handling of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.
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He orders that the training begin before the next school year.

“This discussion will serve as a solemn reminder of the need for constant vigilance in every hallway and classroom of the school and of the need for the active shooter training you provide,” he wrote in the letter.