santa fe shooting
May 29, 2018

Students returned to Texas' Santa Fe High School on Tuesday for the first time since a mass shooting on May 18 killed 10.

The school put additional security in place for the transition back to a regular class schedule, The Associated Press reports, banning backpacks and large purses and requiring all students to show identification. The high school also closed most entrances, requiring all students to line up and enter a single door at the front of the campus.

That particular security measure harkens back to a statement that Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) made in the hours following the deadly shooting. "There are too many entrances and too many exits to our over 8,000 campuses in Texas," said Patrick. "Maybe we need to look at limiting the entrance and the exits into our schools so that we can have law enforcement looking at the people who come in one or two entrances."

It's unclear how long the school will keep the majority of its doors closed off, reports AP, but the increased police presence will reportedly be in place for the remainder of the week, which also marks the end of the school year. The classrooms where the shooting took place have been blocked. Read more at The Associated Press. Summer Meza

May 22, 2018

Among the 10 students and teachers murdered at Santa Fe High School near Houston last Friday was Sabika Sheikh, a foreign exchange student from Pakistan who was about 20 days away from returning home after her year abroad. Her murder, by a 17-year-old male classmate, "just shows how ironic life can be," Pakistani author Bina Shah told PRI's The World on Monday. "Pakistan is always perceived as unsafe for children, especially with Taliban attacks on schools here, so this was just not something anybody could have expected."

"Our perceptions of our own country's safety and security, versus our perceptions of the United States and the larger Western Hemisphere as relatively safer, are all turned upside down," Shah told host Marco Worman. "However, thanks to world media, we do know about the problem of school shootings. Every time one of these things happens, we get to see it here on cable news — CNN, BBC, we have it all here. So we're aware of this problem and we — you know, Pakistanis can't understand, they just can't understand why there are no gun control laws that would stop school shootings from happening again and again and again."

"If you ask Pakistanis how they see violence in the U.S., what is likely to be their response?" Worman asked. "People understand terrorist violence, they understand that kind of thing, but they don't understand children taking up guns and going into the schools and shooting each other, shooting their classmates, shooting their teachers," Shah said. "But we're kind of relating it to our own problems with extremist violence. We're kind of saying: You have your types of terrorism and we have ours, and it's just really a tragedy that one of our children got caught up with your kind of terrorism, with your kind of extremism."

You can listen to the entire interview, plus more on Sheikh's life, in the first segment below. Peter Weber

May 19, 2018

The 10 people killed in Friday's mass shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston, Texas, were identified by Galveston County authorities Saturday: Sabika Sheikh, Ann Perkins, Angelique Ramirez, Shana Fisher, Kim Vaughan, Chris Stone, Cynthia Tisdale, Christian "Riley" Garcia, Jared Conard Black, and Kyle McLeod.

Perkins and Tisdale were substitute teachers; the other eight victims were Santa Fe students. Houston Texans player J.J. Watt has announced he will cover the cost of all 10 funerals.

Sheikh was an exchange student from Pakistan, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday sent his "deepest condolences" to her loved ones. "I don't blame the murder of my girl on American society but on that terrorism mindset that is there in all societies. We need to fight it all over the world," said her uncle, Ansar Sheikh. "I do ask the American government to make sure weapons will not be easily available in your country to anybody. Please make sure this doesn't happen again. It really hurts."

The suspect, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been arrested on multiple murder charges. He has given a statement "admitting to shooting multiple people" and reportedly told police he "did not shoot students he did like so he could have his story told." Bonnie Kristian

May 18, 2018

In the aftermath of the Friday shooting at a Texas high school that left at least eight dead and 12 injured, one student offered a heartbreaking response to the violence.

"I managed to keep calm through it all," said Santa Fe High School student Paige Curry. "There was another girl who was just freaking out, they were struggling really hard to keep her calm. It was really scary." NPR reports that Curry took shelter to hide from the shooter, who has since been arrested.

A reporter for local TV station ABC 13 asked Curry whether there was a part of her that felt the horrifying events weren't real. "No, there wasn't," Curry said. "It's been happening everywhere. I've always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here too. I wasn't surprised, I was just scared." Watch the interview below, via ABC 13. Summer Meza

May 18, 2018

President Trump on Friday sorrowfully reacted to the news of a fatal shooting at a Santa Fe, Texas, high school. "This has been going on too long in our country," he said of the attack, in which at least eight people died, and which comes just three months after 17 people were killed at a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Trump added that "everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe," calling it a "very sad day."

Trump has sent conflicting messages about gun reform, telling governors not to be "afraid" of the National Rifle Association and urging "something" be done to stop shootings, but later speaking at the NRA's annual conference and vowing to protect Second Amendment rights. Jeva Lange

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