Zwiener to host school safety town hall

State Representative Erin Zwiener (D-Driftwood) will host a town hall for school safety.

The San Marcos Safe Town Hall in Texas will be held Tuesday at Goodnight Middle School – 1301 State Highway 123. During the meeting, the community will have the opportunity to hear about the overall efforts to protect school children as well as addressing concerns.

“We will hear from [San Marcos CISD]”, law enforcement and first responders on existing contingency plans and what adjustments they are considering,” Zwiener said. “We will hear from mental health professionals about what services already exist, what else is being considered and how to talk to your children about gun violence. We will also simply provide a legal basis for the work we have done in the past on school safety in everything from mental health in schools to gun safety. And, give a legislative perspective on the questions we are going to address at the next sitting. There is also plenty of time for parents and other community members to share their own thoughts and ask questions. We really wanted to make sure people had a chance to be heard. “Most people have a lot of emotions after Ovalde.”

Three weeks have passed since the mass attack on Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24, in which 19 children and two teachers were killed.

“I know as a parent that the Uvalde massacre has shaken me to the core and I feel that many other parents feel exactly the same,” Zwiener said. “So we hope to give the families of San Marcos a little compass on the steps that have already been taken, as well as to give them information on how to follow other steps that they deem necessary.”

Zwiener said, moving forward, she hopes to have a broader discussion on firearms safety and mental health in schools.

“We are having all this talk right now about school sclerosis and mental health and what not, and these are all real challenges, but we also need to talk as a community about how we want our schools to feel and look.” said Zwiener. “We have to discuss what we consider to be an acceptable risk. Mental health is incredibly important to address, but there is no reason to believe it will stop school shootings. And so, I hope we have a bigger discussion both about firearms safety and what legislative options there may be, because honestly the ball is moving for mental health and school sclerosis from Santa Fe school shootings in 2018. ”

Tuesday City Hall starts at 6 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. Those interested in attending the event are kindly requested to register and can submit questions or comments to the panel at https://tinyurl.com/TxHD45.

Zwiener’s office said additional town halls in other parts of House District 45 would be announced soon.

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