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Chief Miller worries teachers with just a few weeks of weapons training is too little for safety and security, especially when full time officers receive updated training on a regular basis. McKinney's superintendent also worries that teachers with weapons could be confusing and dangerous to police arriving at an active weapons call on a campus.

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Updated, 2:40 p.m.: Lone Star College's North Harris campus near Houston has been evacuated and closed for the day, according to the community college's website.

​Updated, 2:26 p.m.: Three people have been injured in a shooting Tuesday at Lone Star College's North Harris campus near Houston, a police spokesman said.

Plano ISD's school board likes the idea but still has to take a formal vote, solicit bids, and come up with the extra millions. Some Plano schools already have armed city officers, but not every school. The effort follows last month's Newtown school shootings

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Incoming North Dallas Representative Jason Villalba wants school teachers or staff to carry handguns as a “last line of defense.” But  opponents think that’s a bad idea.

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Nowhere is the gun lobby stronger than in Texas. But even in Lone Star country, the Connecticut school shootings have sparked debate over new restrictions on owning assault weapons.

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Dallas Independent School District social workers and counselors, like Jazmin Greenwood,  were ready at schools Monday for any students who were distressed or worried about Friday’s school shootings.

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Attorney General Greg Abbott's office has released  a  list of 78 Texas school districts that have not filed a school safety plan or an updated audit of the plan as required by law.

The list includes North Central Texas school districts in Crandall, Italy, Kennedale, Milford and Melissa. 

Office of Texas Attorney General

Following the Columbine school shooting in 1999, the Texas legislature established the Texas School Safety Center which trains school personnel on how to prevent and respond to crises.

State law now requires each of the more than 1,100 Texas school districts to create an emergency operation plan for how to respond to everything from a fire, to a tornado, to a gunman on campus.

The school plans are filed with the Center in San Marcos and updated every three years.

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Friday’s horrific Connecticut school shooting  has led North Texas education officials to review their own safety plans.   

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