San Diego County officials respond to Texas high school shooting

Posted at 2:08 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 19:59:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County Office of Education Friday addressed safety concerns following a horrific school shooting in Texas.

County superintendent Paul Gothold said the district will review school safety plans in light of Texas' school shooting.

"You can't educate students without them being safe; it's a responsibility San Diego County school leaders and employees take very seriously. Every San Diego County school has a safety plan and procedures that contribute to maintaining a safe learning environment for our students. In the wake of this incident, school personnel will be reviewing those plans and continuing to implement best practices in maintaining the safety and security of our schools."

Gothold said a safety summit held in April allowed district officials to work with law enforcement agencies in order to build safer policies, including systems to prevent violent incidents.

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Friday's shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas left at least 10 people dead and 10 others injured. The shooter, believed to be a student, has been arrested. A second person has also been detained.

Texas authorities later found explosives near the campus as well.

This is the 22nd US school shooting since the beginning of the year, and the third instance in eight days in which a gunman was on a school campus, according to CNN.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect San Diego County Office of Education, not San Diego Unified School District.