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Praise For Governor Abbott’s Call To Prioritize School Safety

February 5, 2019, | Austin, Texas | Press Release | Legislative

Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner: “I particularly support the school-safety elements of [Governor Abbott’s] plans and legislative priorities.” As one of Texas’s 254 sheriffs and a member of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas, I agree with the Governor that Texas is a blessed state. I particularly support the school-safety elements of his plans and legislative priorities. I know that the Governor, Lt. Governor, members of the Texas House and Senate, their staffers, mental-health experts, educators, and numerous others are gearing up to work hard in the upcoming 2019 legislative session. I’m also confident that Texas sheriffs and other law-enforcement officials stand ready to work with them to improve safety in our schools and communities.” (Jim Skinner, Sheriff, Collin County, 2/5/19)

SIGMA Threat Management Associates’ Dr. Marisa Reddy Randazzo: “We applaud Governor Abbott for taking swift action and remaining steadfast and supportive of all the work being done to ensure a positive, safe, and secure learning environment for all Texas students and for Texas school employees and visitors as well.” “SIGMA Threat Management Associates would like to thank Governor Abbott and the State of Texas for their dedication to keeping our schools, workplaces, and communities safe. We applaud Governor Abbott for taking swift action and remaining steadfast and supportive of all the work being done to ensure a positive, safe, and secure learning environment for all Texas students and for Texas school employees and visitors as well.” (Dr. Marisa Reddy Randazzo, Chief Executive Officer, SIGMA Threat Management Associates, 2/5/19)

Texas School District Police Chiefs Association’s Teresa Ramon: “Texas School District Police Chiefs Association supports Governor Abbotts School Safety Plan in the State of Texas with needed adjustments in hardening schools, mental health and staffing (Counselors, Social workers, and teachers added to school districts/funding).” (Chief Teresa Ramon, President, Texas School District Police Chief’s Association, 2/5/19)

Texas School Safety Center’s Kathy Martinez-Prather: “The Governor’s focus on improving school safety will help to achieve our shared goal of ensuring that Texas schools provide safe and secure learning environments for all students and staff.” “School safety is a shared responsibility that requires collaboration between state and local entities, school districts, and community stakeholders. The Governor’s focus on improving school safety will help to achieve our shared goal of ensuring that Texas schools provide safe and secure learning environments for all students and staff.” (Kathy Martinez-Prather, Director, Texas School Safety Center, 2/5/19).

Wylie Independent School District’s Craig Bessent: “We look forward to working with the Governor and the legislature this session to implement even more strategies to keep our schools safe.” “Governor Abbott’s ‘School and Firearm Safety Action Plan’ implemented at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year has given Texas school districts new strategies and resources to prevent, intervene, mitigate, and recover from events caused by student violence that plague our Texas schools. Governor Abbott has made a difference in the lives of our Texas students, teachers, and school personnel. We look forward to working with the Governor and the legislature this session to implement even more strategies to keep our schools safe.” (Craig Bessent, Assistant Superintendent Of School Operations/School Marshal, Wylie Independent School District, 2/5/19)