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Local residents deal with the Uvalde school massacre | Local News

Greenville-area residents expressed a range of emotions and reactions on Wednesday as they weighed the news that an 18-year-old gunman slaughtered 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday.

Armed with an AR-15 type semi-automatic rifle, Salvador Ramos, 18, triggers a bloodbath in the school. Authorities said he had legally purchased two of the rifles just days before the attack, shortly after his 18th birthday.

Some here believe that the answer to these tragedies lies in restrictions on assault-type weapons; others say schools should be strengthened. A few said the solution begins at home, with parenthood and an emphasis on character, ethics and morals.

“First, we need to strengthen gun laws,” Jason Castleberry said. “The vast majority of people welcome background checks. But laws won’t solve the problem of hate in our country. We need to put more emphasis as adults on character, morals, compassion and love. These characteristics should permeate our lives and spill over into the lives of our children. When we have problems that we cannot solve, we should seek treatment and encourage others to seek treatment.

Rachel Watts echoed those sentiments.

“Parents are present and active in their children’s lives and do have a relationship with their children. Discipline. Consequences. Love. Compassion. Empathy. It all starts at home,” she said.

James Evans, retired teacher and director of Greenville ISD, said he was not speaking on behalf of Greenville ISD but about the situation in schools in general. School districts, he said, always seem to have money for the things that are important to them: “For me, the No. 1 thing … is safety. You are responsible for these children and the faculty.

No favorite program takes precedence over security, he said.

“We need armed and trained individuals on every campus. Things happen so fast. The response must be instant,” he said.

As for arming teachers or principals, he said some have the ability to confront and intrude, and some do not.

“A key for me is building access,” Evans said. “The public is going to have to decide what access is acceptable to them. We can’t have more than one access point, and you need someone trained… someone who’s qualified to do that.

Evans said he was not opposed to metal detectors at the door.

He said the shooting in Uvalde had an impact on students elsewhere.

“Yes, it has an impact, especially the little ones, the youngest. It’s a very scary thing. Some children don’t want to go to school after hearing about shootings, he added.

When asked if he had ever met a student he thought might be able to shoot at a school, he said there were some he was worried about.

“Districts need to have provisions…he needs to be more than just an adviser when you have definite signs that are there. This person must be removed so that safety can be guaranteed,” he said.

GISD School Board President Trena Stafford urged action on guns, not condolences to the victims and their families.

“I don’t want any more ‘thoughts and prayers’. Instead, I want action to take guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. That means background checks, no mail-order guns, no taking NRA money. Are you listening, Texas? she says. “…I worry every day that something like this could happen on one of our campuses. Spending over $7 million on security upgrades a few years ago only makes our buildings safer, but not safe from someone who is out to harm our children.

Over the years, she sent letters and emails to elected officials about gun violence.

“Those who respond say it is the right of citizens to own firearms,” she said. “What about victims’ rights? Don’t they have the right to grow?

Amanda Gonzalez has said she supports legal gun ownership; however, assault type weapons are another story.

“It doesn’t take an AR-15 or an AK-47 to protect your family and hunt for food. They must be gone. Weapons like this prevent you from escaping, firing back, etc., because they fire so many bullets so quickly,” she said. “A teacher armed with a handgun will have a class full of injured/dying students before she has the ability to react if someone enters a classroom with this type of weapon. All schools should have multiple officers I support thorough and frequent background checks and mental health checks for gun possession.

Gonzales also said she believes purchases of firearms, ammunition and tactical gear should be recorded in a database and that no private gun sales should be legal.

Tim Teichmann said words on a piece of paper wouldn’t stop evil.

“No law can be written to stop an evil and mentally disturbed person. That is why schools need armed personnel and police protection. No law can be written to stop the mentally ill,” said he said. “This person (Ramos) had a history of mental illness, he killed his own grandmother… The only thing to do is to reopen the asylums in the country for those who are dangerous and treat them. Until then, the only hope is for a good guy with a gun to stop the bad guy with a gun.

Tess Marshall Daugherty said she sees no answer to the ongoing tragedy of school shootings. Solutions may include government intervention and “not bickering with each other”. She wants people to come together to find solutions, whether it’s arming teachers or something else.

“It is absolutely heartbreaking and it happens far too often. Any threat of mass shooting or murder of any kind should be taken seriously and reported immediately. And when reported, it should be taken seriously. seriously by law enforcement,” she said.

The short-term solution may lie in metal detectors and armed guards in schools, Larissa Reagan said. In the long term, she advocates for better access to affordable mental health care.

“I’ve worked in psychiatry and would really like to see more long-term living options for those with more acute mental health issues. It gives them a safer environment and better medication management,” said she declared.