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Mother Of Santa Fe High School Student Welcomes Metal Detectors

Kendra Hammond says parents must bring Governor Abbott’s plan to their school administrators and demand safety measures are implemented



Kendra Hammond, the mother of a Santa Fe High School student, is happy about the fact that the schools of the Santa Fe Independent School District will have metal detectors, after a vote held on Monday by the District's Board of Trustees.

This week marks two months since the fatal shooting that occurred on May 18 at the Santa Fe High School, were 10 people were killed.

In an interview with Houston Matters' Maggie Martin, Hammond categorized the approval of the metal detectors as “a huge accomplishment,” but added “there’s a lot more to be done.”

Hammond thinks that armed guards must be the ones manning the metal detectors and that the perimeter of the school must be secured.

Hammond noted that parents “have to make sure that the schools are doing what they need to do and everyone should be involved, every parent should be involved.” She added that parents “should bring Governor Abbott’s plan to their school administration and say: “This is what we need and my child is not gonna go back unless you do it”.”

Harris County Sheriff's Office
This file photo shows deputies from the Harris County Sheriff's Office on the scene of Santa Fe High School, where a shooting occurred o May 18, 2018. The Trustees of the Santa Fe Independent School District have approved the use of metal detectors on their campuses.

As for her daughter, who will be in 10th grade in the next academic year, Hammond explained she will not be returning to Santa Fe High School for now.

“We have made a plan for her to not have to go back to Santa Fe High School at this point. She will be at home, with her dad, doing an online public school,” Hammond detailed, while she underscored that her daughter is still “fragile.” “She doesn’t wanna talk about May 18th, the day of the shooting, and, if it is brought up, she cries.”

Hammond noted that her daughter says that “at some point she does wanna go back, she does want to graduate” so, for now, her family has decided to take it “semester by semester.”

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