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Texas Legislature 2019

How Santa Fe rebuilt itself in the year after a school shooting

As lawmakers in Austin work to pass a sweeping school safety bill, many Santa Fe survivors and their loved ones say they’re focused less on what’s happening at the Capitol and more on what can be done to rebuild and uplift their community.

Crosses bearing the name of of the victims killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School are seen in Santa Fe, Texas, U.S., May 21, 2018.

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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Annabelle O'Day, who was a senior at Santa Fe High when a mass shooting on campus resulted in the killing of 10 members of the school community, stands for a portrait in her studio in Manvel, Texas on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Loren Elliott for The Texas Tribune)
Jai Gillard, a freshman at Santa Fe High School, writes a message on a cross at a makeshift memorial left in memory of the victims killed in a shooting in Santa Fe, on May 21, 2018.
Candles are lit behind images of the victims killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School during a vigil in League City on May 20, 2018.

Long-term support

Austin, Texas USA May 24, 2018: Texas Governor Greg Abbott hosts the last Capitol panel studying school safety and student mental health issues in the wake of last week's Santa Fe school shooting that left ten dead. The final panel had student survivors of Santa Fe and their parents.

Remembrance and resilience

“I had a classmate whose brother ended up dying, and he was the same age as my brother. ... That is what I struggled with the most: My brother survived and hers didn’t.”

— Kaitlyn Richards, shooting survivor
A mass shooting at Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018, killed 10 members of the local community.

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