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WATCH: HISD And Law Enforcement Chiefs Talk About School Safety in Houston

Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and HISD Interim Chief of Police Paul Cordova discuss:

The superintendent for Houston Independent School District said on Wednesday he’s working closely with local enforcement, especially Houston police and Harris County Sheriff’s Office to ensure safety in the wake of the Florida school shooting. HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza said he has asked all principals to review their emergency plans. He said some campuses will also practice safety drills, such as what to do if there’s a lock down or intruder.

“Our emergency plans have been pretty robust, they include pretty much every scenario that you can think. We’re asking people to just go through and make sure they’re familiar with all the scenarios and start practicing a couple that haven’t been practiced before,” Carranza said.

Carranza also told reporters that he encouraged students interested in joining plans for a national walk outs in protest of gun violence to stay in class, which he calls the safest place for them. But he also said he believes in the First Amendment and HISD students won’t be punished for participating.

Harris County sheriff deputies and Houston police say they’ve seen an uptick in reports of school safety incidents, at least anecdotally. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters today (Wednesday) that his officers have responded to seven incidents since the Florida school shooting, including one this morning where a KIPP high school student threatened to shoot his school in Southwest Houston. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says his deputies are working together with school district officers and city police to investigate any threats.

“There’s heightened concern across all systems and everyone wants to work together to see how we can mitigate this, and of course parents want to know as well that the school districts and everyone is working together to keep the campuses safe,” Gonzalez said.

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