Santa Fe Students Call For Tougher Gun Laws, More Counselors on Campus

The group of students also said that they have mixed emotions about returning to school next Tuesday.

Madie Lake, an organizer with the Houston March for Our Lives group, hugs a student from Santa Fe High School at a press conference Friday.
Madie Lake, an organizer with the Houston March for Our Lives group, hugs a student from Santa Fe High School at a press conference Friday.

A week after the shooting at Santa Fe High School, some students from that community are calling on Texas lawmakers to take action. Some shared their opinion at the governor's round-table discussions on school safety this week, while others spoke with reporters in Houston Friday.

Those students in Houston said that they want tougher laws on gun storage and increased mental health and background checks for gun owners and their family members.

Seventeen-year-old Megan McGuire said that it's not about taking firearms away from people like her father and grandfather.

“Gun safety is about locking guns in a safe away from ammunition. Gun safety is reporting when guns go missing. Gun safety could be one of the changes that could save your children's lives,” McGuire said, speaking at a press conference organized by March for Our Lives Houston.

Texas already bans making firearms accessible to children under 17, but it only applies if the firearm is loaded.

The group of Santa Fe students also said that they support metal detectors and extra security on campus. And they think every high school in Texas should have a licensed counselor. Bree Butler said that at Santa Fe High, they had several counselors, but they are more college advisers and not therapists.

Next Tuesday, all students in Santa Fe will go back to class for the first time since eight students and two teachers were killed at the local high school on May 18.

That gives some students mixed emotions.

Butler, who is 18 and a senior, said that she looks forward to spending time with her classmates before graduation next week.

“In a way, I'm kind of glad that we get to go back to school because I don't want that day to be the last day I ever step foot in my high school,” Butler said. “I'm more worried about the people who have to go back next year and the incoming eighth graders. It's not really about me at that point, it's more about the underclassmen right now.”

Santa Fe district administrators plan to have extra security from state police and other law enforcement. Counselors will also be available for students and staff on campus.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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