Tyler Morrison remembers exactly what he was doing when the gunfire went off inside Santa Fe High.
“I was taking my AP test in the lecture hall. I was on the complete other side of the school,” he said.
He felt, enough is enough and headed to the Texas State Capitol for Governor Greg Abbott's third and final roundtable discussion on school safety. A big suggestion was arming teachers.
“Personally I don’t feel that guns belong in school whatsoever. But in the case a teacher wants to be armed, rubber bullets would be a good solution,” said Morrison.
“As a parent, I’m ok with armed teachers and armed law enforcement. We have our own police force in Santa Fe ISD and they did a tremendous job,” said Kim Morrison, Tyler’s mother.
Santa Fe ISD Officer Johnny Banda was one of those officers who responded that day.
Governor Abbott commended him for his rescue efforts during the chaos. Reaction and suggestions from students since the shooting is contrasting
“A lot of us in the community are pro-gun. I think I can speak for a lot of us in the community because we are kind of a back woods town. We grew up around guns, a lot of us did. The gun doesn't do the work, the person does the work,” said Aaron Chenoweth, Santa Fe High School student.
Alpine High, Santa Fe high, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, columbine, the list unfortunately goes on. Although there are conflicting thoughts on how to keep kids safe, there is one common goal: to get legislation passed.
“It can't sit on somebody's desk for months or years and be debated about for months and years. If this can happen in a little sleepy town like Santa Fe, Texas with a population of 13,000 it can happen anywhere,” said Kim Morrison.