Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, the families and the entire communities of Newtown, Connecticut and Sandy Hook Elementary School. As the details of this horrible tragedy unfold, school districts will no doubt review their own safety procedures. Student safety and safe schools raise questions as to threat assessment, crisis response, violence prevention and policies concerning guns on school property. Like most issues that face Texas school districts, these efforts will require a proper balance between district authority, parental and student rights, and potential district liability. Accordingly, any changes to your security and school safety policies should be thoughtfully considered before they are implemented. Feel free to consult with any of the attorneys in Underwood’s Public Education Law Section concerning any additions or modifications your district is considering. Thanks for your consideration as you work through these difficult school safety issues.