Seven schools record threats and heightened security after Santa Fe shootin

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Pictured are officers outside the main entrance at Crosby, TX High School outside of Houston.

In public statements and letters to parents, education leaders pledged extra vigilance in the final weeks of the school year and emphasized their intentions to conduct long-term reviews of their campus safety plans, seeking to avoid a recurrence of massacres that have marred the 2017-18 school year. In at least four small school districts, including a neighbor to Santa Fe ISD, officials announced plans to crack down on backpacks and dress codes in an effort to reduce hiding places for weapons.

Meanwhile, safety officials in two districts, Clear Creek and Huffman ISDs, detained students who brought guns to school Monday, though neither student caused injuries or threatened violence. In addition, a student at Eastside Elementary in Cleveland ISD showed classmates a realistic plastic replica of a Beretta 9mm semi-automatic pistol, complete with an operational “red dot” laser beneath the barrel. Officials at YES Prep West in Sharpstown, Crosby High School, La Marque High School in Texas City ISD and Friendswood Jr. High reported threats were made to their campuses, as well. 

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