Ohio Shooting Brings Back North Forest Incident

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Yesterday's school shooting in Ohio brought back some bad memories for students at a local high school. A shooting there early last month left a student wounded and led to stricter, but so-far effective security measures.

The shooting in the hallways of North Forest High School in northeast Houston was the culmination of an ongoing dispute. The 18-year-old shooter told investigators he had been bullied and was protecting himself. He's still facing charges in the
case.  In the wake of that shooting, campus administrators made a new rule; only transparent backpacks on campus. That  meant buying 1,100 clear backpacks for the students there.

James Troutman is the principal at North Forest.

"What we did is we had a student assembly and we explained to the kids what we were doing and why we were doing it and we issued clear backpacks to all of our students. The sports teams and UIL competition bags are held for students and they're
retrieved by coaches or by their team sponsors. We're constantly updating our safety and security plan at North Forest High."

In addition to the clear backpacks, students have to go through scanners at the start of the school day. Troutman says the measures are an important part of protecting students.

"I just think everybody has be be vigilant. We've got to be on our game all the time. We've got everybody involved in safety and security."

Troutman says students have accepted the new rules with 100-percent compliance so far.

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Jack Williams

Director of News Programming

News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...