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Sen. Cornyn talks about school security and mental health as Uvalde anniversary approaches

The discussion comes a day before the one-year anniversary of the Uvalde school shooting, which prompted the effort last summer.

SAN ANTONIO — U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) hosted a roundtable discussion in San Antonio to discuss the effect of a new law improve school security and mental health resources. The discussion comes a day before the one-year anniversary of the Uvalde school shooting, which prompted the effort last summer.

Nineteen children and two adults were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24, 2022. It was the deadliest shooting ever at a Texas public school.

Senator Cornyn spearheaded the law called the "Safer Communities Act", which provided funding to Texas school districts, including $2.3 million in grant funding for SAISD, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW). 

The roundtable discussion was at Agnes Cotton Academy. The senator was joined by the following people: 

  • Mrs. Christina Martinez, President - District 6, San Antonio ISD School Board (moderator) 
  • Dr. Victor Villarreal, Associate Professor, UTSA - College of Education & Human Development
  • Dr. Albrey Hogan, Executive Director of Special Education, Southwest ISD
  • Dr. Marcie Campbell, Assistant Professor & Director of Research and Grants, UIW - Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program
  • Dr. Jodi Spoor, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum & Instruction, Southside ISD
  • Charlie Gallardo, Director of Guidance & Counseling, South San Antonio ISD

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