WATCH: Making The Grade forum on school safety a year after Uvalde

KWTX anchors Lauren Westbrook and Megan Boyd moderate a panel discussing topics like arming teachers, and expanded mental health resources for students.
Published: May. 23, 2023 at 11:27 PM CDT
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(KWTX/Making The Grade) - A year after 21 people were killed when a gunmen opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, KWTX anchors Lauren Westbrook and Megan Boyd moderate a panel of Central Texas superintendents and law enforcement.

The panelists discussed topics like arming teachers, changes in infrastructure, requests from lawmakers and expanded mental health resources.

“If the government wants to make this a priority there should be an annual allotment every single year,” Temple ISD Superintendent Dr. Ott explains during the discussion.

In case you missed the on air version of the forum on KWTX@4, you can watch it on YouTube:

Dr. JR Proctor at Axtell ISD added that after Uvalde and the recent Allen, Texas shooting, we can’t become desensitized to the violence. “We can’t become desensitized to that that cannot be acceptable as the new norm,” Proctor added.

At Marlin ISD, mental health has been a big focus. “We have weekly designed lessons with our counselors,” Dr. Darryl Henson, Marlin ISD Superintendent explains.

Two mental health professionals also joined the conversation to talk about what they’re seeing and hearing from kids in the last year, as well as the ways they’ve adapted to better fit todays culture.