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County, local leaders discuss firearm safety around schools

EDINBURG — Representatives from various state, local, education and legislative entities came together recently to discuss firearm safety around schools within Hidalgo County.

Stemming from the incident that occurred in December at Harwell Middle School in Edinburg in which two students were shot, leaders and school officials want to ensure that a similar occurrence is not repeated in the future.

The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, along with Superintendent Dr. Rene Gutierrez, held a panel discussion which included Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño, state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, state Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr. and ECISD Board President Carmen Gonzalez, among others. Also in attendance were superintendents from school districts throughout Hidalgo County, school board members, school principals, parents, law enforcement officials and ranch landowners.

The discussion focused on cultivating ideas which would assist Hinojosa and Muñoz in drafting legislation that could improve firearm safety around schools, not only in Hidalgo County, but throughout Texas.

Although no immediate solutions were specified, there were a variety of viable options presented by all stakeholders affected by the issue. Most notably was an emphasis centered on the need for a multi-faceted approach when drafting legislation.

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