Reacting to Friday's elementary school shootings in Connecticut, Gov. Rick Perry wrote Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams, “asking that you direct all school districts to review their emergency operation plans.”
Every Texas district has such a plan, and educators in San Antonio said they take as many precautions as feasible.
But they can't prevent all violent incidents, they said.
“It's a harsh reality of working in a public school you face every day, that something like this could happen,” said Herlinda Longoria, principal at Harlandale Independent School District's Gilbert Elementary.
Recalling an attack by one parent against another outside San Antonio Independent School District's Bonham Academy in August, she said schools, especially urban schools, must be ready to respond.
“We live in an area where crime happens and several students have witnessed violence in their homes and neighborhoods; so it crosses our mind often that we have to be alert and protect our students,” Longoria said.