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Shooting survivors share their stories with Texas governor

Grace Johnson, a student at Santa Fe High School in Texas, center, speaks during a roundtable discussion in Austin, Texas, Thursday, May 24, 2018, hos...
Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott, left, hosts a roundtable discussion in Austin, Texas, Thursday, May 24, 2018, to address safety and security at Texas schools...
Grace Johnson, a student at Santa Fe High School, center, with her father Steve, and other students, listens during a roundtable discussion in Austin,...
Santa Fe students takes part in a roundtable discussion in Austin, Texas, Thursday, May 24, 2018, hosted by Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott to address safety ...
Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott, left, reached out to a man holding back tear as he speaks during a roundtable discussion in Austin, Texas, Thursday, May 24, ...
Scot Rice, standing right, speaks during a roundtable discussion in Austin, Texas, Thursday, May 24, 2018, hosted by Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott to addres...
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, hugs Scot Rice during a discussion about guns in schools at the Governor's Reception Room at the Capitol in Austin, Texas,...
Scot Rice hugs Santa Fe Independent School District police officer John Banda after telling his story during a roundtable discussion in Austin, Texas,...

Grace Johnson, a student at Santa Fe High School in Texas, center, speaks during a roundtable discussion in Austin, Texas, Thursday, May 24, 2018, hos...

Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott, left, hosts a roundtable discussion in Austin, Texas, Thursday, May 24, 2018, to address safety and security at Texas schools...

Grace Johnson, a student at Santa Fe High School, center, with her father Steve, and other students, listens during a roundtable discussion in Austin,...

Santa Fe students takes part in a roundtable discussion in Austin, Texas, Thursday, May 24, 2018, hosted by Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott to address safety ...

Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott, left, reached out to a man holding back tear as he speaks during a roundtable discussion in Austin, Texas, Thursday, May 24, ...

Scot Rice, standing right, speaks during a roundtable discussion in Austin, Texas, Thursday, May 24, 2018, hosted by Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott to addres...

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, left, hugs Scot Rice during a discussion about guns in schools at the Governor's Reception Room at the Capitol in Austin, Texas,...

Scot Rice hugs Santa Fe Independent School District police officer John Banda after telling his story during a roundtable discussion in Austin, Texas,...

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Survivors of last week's school shooting at a high school near Houston told gripping stories of dodging bullets, hiding from the attacker and seeing classmates get shot as they pleaded with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

They said they want more armed security to keep campuses safe. The emotional three-hour discussion Thursday marked the end of three days of meetings Abbott held on school safety and mass shootings.

While the governor has appeared to embrace ideas of boosting security and tracking student mental health, there is little expectation the staunch gun-rights supporter will push for major changes to restrict owning firearms or buying them.

The Republican organized the mostly closed-door meetings shortly after eight students and two substitute teachers were fatally shot inside Santa Fe High School.


Updated : 2021-10-26 04:17 GMT+08:00