Schools in the United States should borrow security ideas from Israel to keep students and teachers safe, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Friday.
Hours after a deadly Texas high school school shooting left as many as 10 people — many of them students — dead, Paxton spoke to Fox News about the incident and said it's time for schools to harden their security.
"You are going to have to defend schools. You have to make sure we have trained people in schools. Churches, and maybe businesses," Paxton said. "That's the only way I think to stop this from happening, mitigate the damage."
When asked to expand on the idea, Paxton noted that Israel hardens its targets because of the constant terrorism threat it faces.
"I just know that in schools in other countries like Israel, they protect their kids. And they've been effective at doing it," Paxton said. "I don't know why we can't be effective, we haven't put the resources and the energy behind it. … We need to do the same thing that the Israelis have done."
A gunman walked into Santa Fe High School, located 30 miles from Houston, Friday morning and began shooting. Reports said that the shooting occurred in a classroom.
Police later found explosive devices in the school and in the surrounding area. One suspect was arrested and another individual was detained as a person of interest.
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