Texas Governor to Hold Talks on School Violence After Massacre

Abdul Aziz Sheikh, the father of Sabika Sheikh a victim of a shooting at a Texas high school shows


After yet another deadly school shooting, students around America are sharing what they would miss out on and leave behind if they, too, were to be shot dead in their classrooms.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has arrived at Arcadia First Baptist Church in Santa Fe, where he hugged grieving parishioners reeling two days after a teenage gunman killed 10 people in his high school.

Eight students and two teachers were killed. Thirteen others were injured in the shooting.

Pagourtzis, 17, remains jailed without bond on charges of capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant.

An overflow crowd sat in folding chairs in a breezeway outside the main area of worship at Brand Lane Islamic Center in Stafford, Texas, to watch Sunday's service for Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh on TV monitors. And during that time, Texas deputies were in a 25-minute shootout with the gunman, authorities said.

Texas Governor to Hold Talks on School Violence After Massacre

In a tweet posted on the U.S. Embassy Islamabad feed, Ambassador David Hale called Sheikh "a bridge between our peoples and cultures".

But Shana's story may well have been a big one. We will honor her memory.

In December 2012, 26 people were killed, including 20 schoolchildren ranging in age from 5 to 6, inside the Newton, Conn., school after a 20-year-old entered and opened fire.

Also attending the funeral was Gerri Manlove, who helps run the foreign student exchange program.

"He never got into a fight with anyone".

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The "target hardening" approach also has the potential to change how teachers, students and administrators see one another.

Three patients with gunshot wounds are at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, hospital spokesman Raul Reyes said at a news conference. "But the boy found them".

Pagourtzis' family said in a statement it was "saddened and dismayed" by the shooting and "as shocked as anyone else" by the events. She suggested students could be required to wear clothes that would not easily hide guns.

In Santa Fe, some students were more interested in that idea, with 18-year-old Kassidy Monroe saying, "In some cases arming teachers may help".

"If anybody listens to me, I have only one appeal".

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Texas law allows prosecutors to go after parents whose children gain access to their loaded firearms, but it's one of the weaker ones among the 27 states with a child-access prevention law. "I am still unable to believe that she is gone".

Abdul Aziz Sheikh told The Associated Press he had been expecting his daughter to return home in a few weeks at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. She lived an impeccable life filled with traveling, love, family, & a bit of champagne. Host father Jason Cogburn spoke about the family's desire to include Sabika in everything they did.

Since the Parkland school shooting in February, students have banded together to demand action from the government, but at Hilton High Island High School, one group of students is taking matters into their own hands, they say, to combat the problem at the source and make sure no one in their school feels alone. "When we look more broadly, at the nation, at a large state like Texas, absolutely it would make it less likely that these incidents would happen".

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