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Legislators discuss school safety with CCISD students

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A discussion surrounding school safety took place at Ray High School on Tuesday morning. Some special guests were invited, including three Texas legislators.

Among those who were a part of the talk, were State Representatives, Todd Hunter and Abel Herrero, and State Senator, Juan Hinojosa.

About 200 people, including student presidents from other CCISD schools, sat in the library at Ray High School, listening to the important conversation regarding safety in schools. It was live streamed for other students who couldn't make it to the library.

One after the other, students asked questions and offered their own ideas on how to make their school safer.

Some of the topics discussed include implementing stricter background checks, addressing mental illness, and education on school safety and violence.

It was an opportunity for students to let their voices be heard.

Carlos Carroll, an 11th grade student at Ray High School, asked a question about the importance of people his age getting involved when it comes to matters such as school safety. He said as a student, it may seem hard to make an impact.

"Some people are saying that kids really shouldn't have a voice, because we're kids, because we can't vote," Carroll said. "But I think that it's a really important thing for us to get involved in politics."

Genevieve Cox, a freshman at Ray High School suggested creating an app to use during an active-shooter situation.

"We could have some sort of interactive map of schools where students could pin-point if they heard gun shots," Cox said.

Cox added this would create a faster and more effective response by police, because it instantly shows them where the threat is coming from. 

Members of the legislative delegation, including Todd Hunter, thought it was a great idea. They encouraged Cox and others to stay pro-active and engaged in issues like this, because it could pay off later.

"This gives us plenty of time to get folks' ideas so that when we do look at laws, we make sure that we get laws that are effective," Representative Hunter said.

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