HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Independent School District officials are exploring options to increase security, including the addition of metal detectors, following a deadly shooting at one district high school.
Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan wrote in a blog post Tuesday that adding metal detectors will serve as a screening measure for entry onto campuses at both the middle and high schools in the district, the Houston Chronicle reported.
HISD officials have not committed to any district-wide security changes since the death of 19-year-old Cesar Cortes at Bellaire High School. But Lathan stated she will be meeting with community leaders Feb. 7 to discuss increased vigilance and preventative measures in the district's schools.
She wrote she will be meeting with students to hear and address their concerns as well.
The 16-year-old classmate who accidentally shot Cortes while showing off a semiautomatic pistol has been charged as a juvenile with manslaughter. He'll remain in custody pending evaluation results of his mental health.