The Houston Independent School District will be providing $2.3 million for additional weapons and equipment for their school officers to better equip those officers to respond to a possible active shooter situation.

Recently, HISD Superintendent Millard House said that school police were not prepared in the event of a school shooting crisis, and adding 200 rifles, ballistic plates, shields, and ammunition would better qualify their officers. The school board, in a 6-3 spilt vote, approved the funding Thursday night. Some residents voiced opposition to adding rifles and equipment.

School district Police Chief Pete Lopez tells FOX26 after reviewing what happened in Uvalde, additional equipment would give him more confidence in his officers to respond properly. He also says the new equipment purchase will happen immediately.

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