"The heroes from that [Independent School District] engaged this individual in approximately four minutes and stayed engaged with him, keeping him contained and engaged", Trochesset said, "so the other heroes - that continued to arrive - could evacuate the teachers administrators in the students from this school".
The focus on school security and mental health has emerged since the shooting because Republican Governor Greg Abbott is facing few calls to overhaul gun laws in a state where the majority of the electorate backs gun ownership. They will be held at the state capital starting Tuesday.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott met Tuesday with experts and politicians to discuss how to prevent school shootings, five days after a teenage gunman killed 10 people at a high school in the southern U.S. state.
Teenager Dimitrios Pagourtzis has been accused of killing eight students and two teachers during a rampage at Santa Fe High School on Friday - the fourth deadly school shooting in the United States this year.
The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun to shoot first. "There's not a single answer".
The Santa Fe Highway 6 Ministerial Alliance says it will host "A Night of Hope and Healing" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Santa Fe Junior High School football stadium.
But the gun-related groups are just two of the two dozen invited to attend. So much for MA gun control.
"That is incomprehensible, especially given technology today", Abbott said.
After 17 people were shot dead at a Parkland, Florida high school in February, lawmakers in that southeastern state approved new, albeit limited, gun restrictions.
The Republican-controlled legislature is out of session until January 2019, making it almost impossible for the state to implement and fund any major changes that come out of this week's talks. But Abbott insisted the roundtables were not political window dressing.
"We needed it and it kind of releases the tension a little bit", said Ed Scruggs, vice chairman of Texas Gun Sense. He did not respond to a request for comment.
"The act of evil that occurred in Santa Fe has deeply touched the core of who we are as Texans", Abbott said in a statement. Abbott has given no indication that he would do so.
Under a school marshal program in Texas that has been cited approvingly by President Donald Trump, teachers can carry guns on campus, with local officials ultimately making the call on whether that is allowed.
One program being run out of Texas Tech University in Lubbock to screen students who could harm themselves or others has Abbott's attention.
Before the shooting at Santa Fe High School, Texas Democrats had filed about 15 bills related to gun violence, nearly all of which died when the legislative session ended a year ago.