Seventy-eight Texas school districts either have failed to submit state-mandated safety plans in the event of a mass shooting or have filed ones that are too incomplete to be useful, Attorney General Greg Abbott said on Dec. 17.
His finding comes three days after Gov. Rick Perry ordered a statewide review to ensure Texas schools are prepared to handle attacks such as the one in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 people dead, including 20 children.
“There’s nothing we can do to bring back the loss of life of the school children in Connecticut,” Abbott said at a news conference. “There is, however, something we can do to make sure schoolchildren in Texas will not meet a similar fate.”
Abbott released a list of those failing to comply, which included Beaumont Independent School District. But many of the rest of the districts were small or very rural, or both.