SOUTHLAKE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Alanna Miller, 17, is frustrated by the gun violence in schools.
“It’s so surreal that it’s happening all over again, and it just feels like we’re reliving this tape that’s just playing over and over,” she said.
She’s leading the local branch of Students Demand Action, an nationwide advocacy group formed in the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Florida.
“Three months ago, we promised, ‘Never again’. Three months later, we find ourselves in yet another tragedy,” she told a small crowd gathered for a vigil Friday night across from Southlake City Hall.
State leaders are vowing to take action.
He promised round table discussions will begin next week to develop solutions such as speeding up background checks, keeping guns from people posing an immediate threat to others, and allocating more resources for school safety personnel and for mental health initiatives designed to reduce gun violence.
“There are too many entrances and too many exits to our over 8,000 campuses,” said Lt. Dan Patrick, who proposed a redesign of schools, so law enforcement can more easily monitor who comes and goes.
Garland ISD is already in the process of constructing enclosed entry rooms to screen campus visitors, part of a $36 million security upgrade set to be finished next year.
Fort Worth ISD meanwhile plans to ask schools to review and reinforce its “avoid, deny, defend” training program on how to respond to an active shooter.
Miller says she agrees with some of the proposals she’s hearing, but she now wants to see lawmakers’ words lead to action.