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important. >> trace: the secret history of world war ii is available monday, memorial day at that is "the story" friday, may 27, 2022. as always, "the story" goes on. we'll see you back here next week. have a good weekend and a thoughtful memorial day. hug somebody. >> let us do this, man! come on. let us do this. we need to get everybody back. >> i have to protect my children. >> what happened to the security? >> i don't understand exactly what happened.
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i think that they should have secured that door. >> are you saying your brother went inside and stayed inside and did not retreat as some have suggested? >> right. they did not retreat until the shooter was down. they were in there the entire time. >> a bit of hindsight where i'm sitting now, another it was a right decision. there's no ex-use for that. again, i wasn't there. i'm telling you from what we know, we believe there should have been an entry as soon as you can. when there's an active shooter, the rules change. >> neil: the rules didn't change that fateful day this week when 19 students were gunned down and two adults with them. welcome. i'm neil cavuto, this is "your world." piecing together these days after a school attack. growing questions as to what authorities could have done.
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even the top most of those authorities acknowledging mistakes were made and in the heat of the moment, they lost the opportunity to seize and correct the moment. now questions from families wondering what else went wrong and how could it have gone so severely wrong. we're waiting to hear from texas governor greg abbott later today to indicate what he has learned and what he plans to do. the governor himself will not be attending an important nra convention that is planned for houston today and through this weekend. with so much to get into, let's start with jeff paul in texas with more on what we're learning, what went wrong. jeff? >> yeah, neil. another update in this horrific shooting. the details getting more agonizing for this community here in texas. law enforcement has been facing a lot of criticism for not doing enough at the time of the shooting despite pleas from parents outside of the school for them to go in.
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we now know that some of those pleas were coming from within the school, inside the school from children who were on the phone with 911 operators begging them to get police to respond now. this happened multiple times according to texas dps. they say all of this occurring while 19 officers stood in the hallway of the school. more than 45 minutes went by before border agents used a master key to open the classroom door. the suspect was shot and killed. the question remains, how many kids could have been saved if officers managed to get inside the classroom earlier. texas dps says that they believe that wasn't the right call to think there was no longer a threat to kids. they were asked about the pressure that they were under during a late news conference today. >> forget how i'm doing. what about the parents of those
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children? forget about me. we take an oath to uphold the law and protect people. any time something tragic happens, we want to know why it happened and if we can do better next time. call it like it is. it tragic. >> now, it unclear how many kid or teachers could have been saved in that 48-minute window from the time that officers first engaged with the shooter to the time they stormed in. new video we obtained by our fox news crew from a witness on the scene paints the picture how tough it was for not only the teachers and the parents but also the students. this is just a few second. take a listen. very tough to listen to. in about 30 minutes, governor abbott who again was supposed to appear at the nra convention in
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houston prior to this mass shooting and has now cancelled that, he's going to be giving an update. in around 30 minutes. later in the week on sunday, this community will be getting a visit from the president, joe biden, and first lady jill biden. neil? >> neil: thanks, jeff. as we told you, we'll be waiting to hear from the governor from texas momentarily. meantime, phil is here from the fbi. this gets sadder and sadder with the details about the predictables would haves and should haves. so there's a temptation to play monday morning quarterback here and reassess everything. you can't help but feel for the parents that were wondering with who -- 20 officers outside the school and the assailant inside, what was going on. what do you make of it? >> this is heart wrenchingly traumatic that these families are now learning there there may
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have been an opportunity for intervention while this carnage was taking place. as these details come in, as you say, this notion is difficult to monday morning quarterback. but that's exactly what we need to do. we need to analyze every aspect of this. we need to understand what took place. we have to understand where the failures are and correct those. it sounds like we had law enforcement responding and there was confusion in the chain of command and the information that was being exchanged among them. we're still trying to understand exactly what took place there. but this did not go as planned. as we expect law enforcement to be trained throughout the country in active shooter situations, something went wrong here. >> neil: it's not as if we had prior experiences where we raised questions about guards being alert or those outside
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armed to deal with this sort of thing responding in time. it goes back to columbine where there were swat teams leery of going in to the school because they suspected that there were a large number of people behind this, shooters could be all over the place. since that time in the florida shooting and follow up shootings, there's this notion that if you have an armed guard nearby or armed individuals nearby, it's ideal. but time and again, it was not ideal. it remains not ideal. that's a serious breach of communication, is it not? >> you know, we have an old saying that you never rise to the level of the moment. you sink to your level of training. i suspect as we digest this, these teams probably didn't do the level of training that is expected where you're coordinating with multiple agencies, you understand the ground and the environment in
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which you work. there's three aspects to every crises. there's the before, the during and the after. the during is where you have the least amount of flexibility. you can only use the skills and the resources and the team that you brought. so you have to think about all the teams that you want to do to train, to be ready, to have the right community connectivity. whether it be with mental health, whether it be with communication. multiagency bands. that's what you have to work with in the moment. now we're in that after-phase where it's really important that we get to the truth. that we understand exactly factually what happened and we make the adjustments so something like this doesn't happen again. >> what confuses me, phil, you know, calls from within the school, within the classroom where all of this was going
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down, did anyone receive them react to them? for example, we're learning right now of a student that pleaded on the phone in the middle of all of this, please send the police now. 20 officers waited in a hallway for more than 45 minutes. that student is dead. >> yeah, it's horrifying to think that these kid were left there fending for themselves, calling for help. these 911 calls going in, us not knowing right now, how that information from the 911 calls made it to the team that was in the hallway. what was their understanding of the circumstance going on in that classroom that they were taking the time to get a key as opposed to doing a dynamic entry. >> trace: just incredible. phil andrew, thanks very much.
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obviously this changed the position of many schools across the country. some still with a ways to go this school year and many worried about the next school year. mike kearsy joins us. good to have you here with us. a lot of schools now are reassessing, do we have any unlocked doors or unintentional easy access for potential bad guys to do awful things? a lot of them are discovering that we don't. what do you tell them? >> obviously any time you approach anything that we call after action reports. we go back and look what we've done right and what we've dope wrong. law enforcement at least. in education or school environment, they need to do the same. i highly recommend doing threat assessments on your school to find out where your weak, where you're strong and make
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adjustments accordingly. >> neil: you talk about hardening schools. i understand access to limiting access. some go as far as plexiglass.does it have to go beyond that? someone comes into a school intent on doing a lot of damage as was the case with the connecticut school shooting, the case here, the florida school shooting. is there only so much you can do to react or harden to that. >> i mean, i think you need to go back to the timeline of the events. they're short lived and tend to be violent. there's hurdled that you face that are common denominator in all the events. timeline is one of the ones that fight against you. so you have to be able to integrate something in the way that empowers the response and hardening is one of those procedures. that's what we've tried to do in indiana, to shift a paradigm change of how we changed
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response to these events. >> neil: give us some examples. we have images of that. to get schools prepared for the unthinkable. >> sure. i serve as a sounding board and consultant on the brain child of this honestly. but what we really decide to do is we looked at what are our hurdles and what are our deficiencies. one of the things is immediate notification. you can't respond to something if you don't understand it's happening. when i talk about immediate response, referring to victim-initiated response and also that alerts law enforcement and also notified those inside the structure that something is happening as well that is a life threat emergency. that way they can fall back on their training that is given to the schools for the run, fight, hide or any of those trainings that they have. so immediate notification. that starts the timeline for
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response for us. so a lot can happen within that timeline. if there's certain hurdles that we face, obviously the initial notification is important. the fact that we don't have any protective spaces inside the school -- >> neil: what would be protected space? i know you try to make it and we've seen examples of this. it hard for an attacker to see where he's going. what is the safe place in a school? a lot of people assume it's in a classroom or under tables. in this case that didn't do any of those poor children and typers in that classroom to find any protection. is there a rule of thumb or good guide you can give us? >> yeah. every classroom if possible should be a protected space. that's where students are. if we can make them safe as well as breaching -- >> neil: when you say safe, so some guy couldn't shoot his way
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in to it, explode his way in to it. those options are limited, aren't they? >> there's a lot of things out there right now. honestly what we have is a ballistically rated door that we worked on that would prevent rounds from coming in. allowing that to be a protected space. so i think when we look at the structures of our schools, we need to think about how we're laying them out much like the fire industry did when they -- as a response to fire and death inside buildings. we've had to change the standards in which we build structures in the first place. this is 1 of them. >> neil: this goes maybe outside your area, mike, but if you indulge me. we hear of another school shooting where there were armed officials outside the school just waiting presumably for more tactical help, get everything in place. aren't all bets off as we've been rating here when shots are
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being heard inside? shots were heard inside columbine but yet they waited. shots were being heard in florida and yet the one arm guard waited and waited. isn't it fair to say that as soon as you hear something like that, you move fast? >> that's the national standard for training. we've talked about monday morning quarterbacking. it's too certain to make any accusations. the facts that took place come out much later. but yeah, the typical response now upon shots fired, first officer on scene makes entry and you try to locate and defeat the attacker as quickly as possible. the timeline is against us. >> neil: it is indeed. mike, thanks very much. still so much we don't know and we don't want to finger point
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here and take advantage of situations here. for parents of those that lost their children and relatives that lost teachers, the questioning question is could this have been minimized or prevented. so much that we'll never get an adequate handle on. one thing is very clear. communication broke down and it was a widespread breakdown. right now that is something likely reporters are set to ask governor abbott when he addresses the nation in less than 15 minutes. stay with us. this memorial day, lowe's is home to prices to start your summer up... so you can mix things up. ♪("i've been everywhere" by johnny cash) ♪ ♪i've traveled every road in this here land!♪ ♪i've been everywhere, man.♪ ♪i've been everywhere, man.♪ ♪of travel i've had my share, man.♪ ♪i've been everywhere.♪ ♪♪
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>> neil: all right. here's something that you don't often see. the markets finishing a positive week. the first positive week in the case of the dow after eight weeks in a row, a serious selling slide. the first time we've seen that in seven weeks. nasdaq put in a good week. it's deep in bear market territory. all the averages up on news that seemed somewhat encouraging that inflation is still a problem but surging not nearly as the rate it was. so they take anything that they can get. with these gains today, the month of may is looking positive right now. positive for the dow and the southbound 500. for tech stocks and the nasdaq in general, shall we say not so
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much? what is doing this, despite higher gas prices and food prices, people are still eager to get out and have fun. after covid, just get on the road in the skies. that's been propelling a lot of airlines that they have a lot of business and hotels that are seeing similar robust activity. grady trimble with that and more at chicago's o'hare international airport. grady? >> neil, that's what we're seeing here. people spending anyway despite the high prices. not quite as many people expected to take to the skies this memorial day than before the pandemic. but more than last year. take a look at the numbers. aaa forecasting that three million people there fly this holiday weekend. that's 25% higher than 2021 here at chicago o'hare.
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steady stream of people all day long including right now in the security line. those people waiting to board have paid a pretty penny to do so. look at the average domestic ticket price for round trip. right around $400, a 28% increase from 2019. the people that we talked to said they have been cooped up for two years so they're willing to pay up. listen. >> i have to pay it. i wish it was cheaper. i mean, i would like to travel more. >> i think everybody has been trying to get out, moments like this with the mask mandate coming down. more people are happier. they just want to live their life again. >> it's not all smooth sailing though. there are major flight delays and cancellations across the country. not so much here in chicago. mostly on the east coast, especially d.c., reagan national and in your neck of the woods at
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newark and la guardia. they have the most cancellations. >> neil: thanks, grady. thanks for reminding us of that. meanwhile, people taking to the roads despite the high gas prices. in case you have any doubt that they're doing so, see them on the roads. jeff flock is. he joins us out of philadelphia. jeff? >> seeing plenty, neil, this is the road out of philadelphia to atlantic city. joins up with the atlantic city express way. look to the left as you see the folks in the line over there already way backed up. 39 million people plus going to travel, air, sea, land. it's about an 8.3% increase. 35 million by roads. that's despite the high gas prices that you mentioned. today we came down .1 of 1 cent in gas prices. the first time in a month it's
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come down. why is that? why are people still drive something we talk to aaa that says people don't have much choice. listen. >> it creates pain and most of the country does not have a viable public transportation alternative and they're getting in their vehicles and creating the traffic problems that we're seeing all the time now. you combine that with the busy holiday weekend and the roads, they're going to be very busy indeed. despite high gas prices. >> and yeah, despite the situation right now in philadelphia where you see the rain continuing to pelt down here as well. if it's not one thing, it's another. if you're going somewhere, good luck to you. >> neil: jeff, is it me -- we have a live shot of you driving. all the traffic is on the other side. is it because they realize you're driving on the other side? >> if i was on that side, i'd be stuck the next three hours.
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i'd assume be headed towards home as opposed to the shore. >> neil: they might have seen your prior records. jeff flock is going east. go west. have a safe weekend. a couple of things we're following on this busy news day, the johnny depp amber heard libel trial is now in a jury's hands. they're taking it all in after 23 days combined with all of the relationship details coming outs. they're going to decide whether or not johnny depp was indeed misrepresented and his career ruined because of charges that his wife at the time, amber heard, had made and what was a veil reference in a "washington post" column. the jury has it now. when they decide, we'll let you know. stay with us.
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>> neil: a long way from that shooting that went down earlier that killed 19 children and two adults and has electrified a nation. having a question not only the fairness in life and the randomness of it, but also their faith. faith in general. with us right now is pastor from
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st. maarten's episcopal church in houston. good to have you-pastor. what do you tell people after a week long? >> thanks for the prayers and conversations you've had on your program and others that have taken place. it's a horrible time to look at the images you've shown there. how can you not look at those and be moved and have the tectonic plates of your soul be shifted and deepened in powerful ways. it's very hard. i deal with a lot of good things and hard things. part of the hard things include death and tragic and violent death at times. i often fall back on what a rabbi told me many years ago. the question is not why bad
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things happen topy but when. we don't know the answer to why but when is an important question to ask. right now to look at issues around politics and policy and policing, all of toes are very important. i don't discount those at all. we need to look at all of these. it does not help the peopleof uvalde right now to have that thrust in the midst of their pain and our grief. they need our ear, our concern, our hugs. i had somebody said to me earlier today, we're just asking for prayers. we need more than that. certainly we need more than that. but wove had two years, neil, and then somewhere people have not been -- i'm sorry to say, in their churches, synagogues and mosques. that kind of separation from the one that created us, from the
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one that is good, does harm to the soul. the enemy we're defeating now is not just one around violence in our cities, which is rising by the day, it an enemy that has been work against the forces of good since the beginning of time. >> neil: reverend when you think about that -- these are children. these are 7, 8 and 9-year-olds. i understand what you're saying about people leaving the church and all that. these are just innocent victims. many of whom and their families went to church. how do you console their families, their moms and dads particularly who saw that their children were in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong evil? >> yep. well, you hit the nail on the head. it is the force of evil. we don't talk about evil much these days. again, we keep trying to adjust
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the human heart with who we elect or policies or those kind of public square discussions. those are important. but we really need a revival in or nation to return people toward understanding and promoting what is good and right and holy. i don't know what was in the dark heart of this young man that carried out this horrific act, and yet we're hearing the wake of it trying to reach out to families that need to be scared for. the thing that we can offer now certainly from a distance or close up, the people of uvalde, is prayers and support and listening. you have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death every day. think of the people of ukraine doing this every day and ask how can i respond where i am. there's certain things we can do in the public scare.
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neil, i know we're against a heard break. john wesley -- this is something that people ought to be asking every day. john wesley, a great pastor and preacher wrote this many years ago. do all the good you can and all the ways you can and all the places you can at all of the times you can to all of the people you can as long as you ever can. that's should color our public discourse, of our politicians. it should be what is happening in our churches, should be in a way in which we deal with one another and/or worshipping communities and in the public square. we need to do good to one another. incentivize the quality of goodness in our communities around the world and in our cities and in our nation and especially right now in hurting people in my great state of texas. >> neil: thanks very much, pastor levinson. speaking of the great state of
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texas, governor greg abbott is addressing reporters rights now. let's go there. >> whether it be today, tomorrow, next month or next year, is this number, 888-690-0799. mental healthcare can be reached by calling 888-690-0799. that helpline will be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week whenever you need it. in addition to that, i am announcing the establishment of the one star foundation fund to assist with ongoing challenges that will be faced by victims of this crime to help you understand how this works, we opened up a fund like this in the aftermath of hurricane harvey to assist all of the thousands of victims of
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hurricane harvey and received millions of dollars in support that went to those that faced challenges because of hurricane harvey. the exact same thing applies here. right here the is the address. it's to be more preside, go to it's a 501 c-3 organization. provide a donation. there's no overhead costs. 100% of the money that you donate is going to be going directly to victims of this horrible crime to help them with their lives. one of the predesignated donation sites that it will go to is the robb school memorial
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fund. so again, the one star foundation will -- you can do your part to help out the people in this community that are suffering in many ways. in addition to that, we set up a central headquarters for victims services located in the uvalde county fair plex. we'll discuss that here momentarily. there may be a relocation of that site and we'll keep everybody fully informed about where the relocation site will be. every family impacted by this shooting has been an advocate to help them with their needs. among other things, air fare, whether it is through united, american airlines that will provide victim families free of charge so they can be here with their family members.
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the family assistance center will cover travel and lodging of families that have lost loved ones, healthcare costs of families impacted by this tragedy will also be covered by texas insurance companies and donated from private citizens. the texas housing and community affairs have funds to pay for needed supplies, whether it's food, gas, other needs. that money is available right now as we speak. also at the family assistance center, the health and human services commission who you'll be hearing from here, they will assist families in finding health and human benefit programs. the teachers retirement system, the employees retirement system will provide access to families. staff from the texas work force commission are available to get
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families child care and unemployment benefits and state staff are available to provide assistance to those affect bad i think tragedy. healing the broken hearts will take a long time. through the generosity of our fellow texans and the good works of neighbors helping neighbors, we can begin to stitch back together the fabric of uvalde. helping us to do that is the leader of uvalde himself. that is the mayor of uvalde who i would like to ask to speak at this time. >> governor, i'd like to thank you for bringing all of these state agencies here and the services that you offered our community, our citizens. these families will need this help. not just today but in the long-term as you mentioned. so for that, governor, i appreciate. all i can say, i've seen you the last two days and the compassion
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and -- that you felt along with these families, i just really admire it. i thank you. like i said, we appreciate everybody from all over the world and the country that has sent messages of encouragement. our hearts are broken here in uvalde. it's a very -- you know, nobody ever wants to have to go through this. i never thought i would have to go through this. my heart is broken for these families. the one good thing about our community, uvalde is a strong community. some of your reporters that have been here awhile, there's a lot of unity in our community. it will take some time but we will get over this. uvalde will come back stronger and better than ever. god bless you and thank you. >> someone who has been actively engaged in helping the victims of crime already and will remain engaged is the district attorney, christina mitchell. >> thanks for being here, governor. we want to thank everybody that
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has reached out to us in uvalde from across the state, from across the country and across this world. we greatly appreciate all of the support and kind words and prayers and assistance that has been sent to us. like the mayor said, here in uvalde county, we're down to earth people. we're the salt of the earth people. we're a family. like a family, we're going to get through this together with each other and for each other and we're asking ever across the world to continue to support us. so i with the district attorney, the dps victims assistance people, the attorney general's office, we have set up a family assistance center at the uvalde county fair plex here in uvalde. at that center it's a one stop shop for all of the victims and we say victims, everybody that was associated with robb elementary school. when you come there, you'll meet with a counselor, with off of the services the state has to offer, funeral services, blue
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cross/blue shield, the mexican consulate is there, the red cross is there. we're there to provide all of the services any family may need. if you need something that is not there, let me know. we will find it for you. that's going to be open and continue until june 1. we're open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. there's food there and a play center for children. please come and see us. any victims, anybody that needs help, come there. it's a resource for everybody. there's also a victims services center at the civic center. that's run by the school district. that is for anybody affected in the school district. they have that service there. we thank everybody. we appreciate your support. please, keep our victims in your prayers. these families of the deceased children and school teachers and keep us strong. thank you. >> thank you. now i'm going to call up seven
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leaders of seven different state agencies to give you a very brief explanation of what their particular agency does. there's more than seven that are involved in this process. we're calling up these seven. first is the health and human services commissioner, cecily young. >> good afternoon. i'm cecily young. we do medicaid chip and staff and we have eligibility assistance available at the family assistance center and we'll continue to have eligibility assistance available on an ongoing basis once we move into the next phase of this. additionally as the governor mentioned, we an 888 number for mental health services. it's 888-690-0799. this is run by the local mental
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health authority. it's local, 24 hours, seven day as week call center. that is able to connect people with services or counselling, medication, telepsychiatry services and telecounselling services. they will ensure that anybody in the community that calls in will be connected to other mental health services. it a way to triage, to try to make it as easy as possible for the members of the community. >> thank you. next is the texas department of insurance commissioner, cassie brown. >> good afternoon. i'm cassie brown. i serve as the commissioner of insurance for the texas department of insurance. tdi is here to ensure that insurance companies are appropriately and quickly handling claims. what our department does is oversee the health insurance and the workers compensation
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insurance claims. if you're a public sector employees, those employed bring the school district or those first responders, they're going to have workers compensation coverage. private sector employees should check with their employer to see if they carry workers comp. workers comp covers mental illness and ptsd. so please make sure that you are taking advantage of that benefit for you. we have staff available at the fair plex center to help you start the process for processing you workers compensation claims and to explain all of the benefits that are available to you under the system. thank you. >> thank you. now from the teacher's retirement system, brian guthrie. >> thank you. good afternoon. i'm the executive director of
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the teacher's retirement center of texas. we're not only here to help the family of the two teachers that lost their lives and provide them the benefits they're due but to help all of the employees of not only this school district but the surrounding school districts to make sure that they have access to mental health and behavioral health services. we also recognize that not all the employees of these districts are members of our system and our for our healthcare program but we want to thank blue cross/blue shield for extending the benefits to those employed in this district and the surrounding district. >> thank you. and now for the texas retirement system, porter wilson. >> i'm porter wilson and we provide health and retirement benefits to state employees and employees of higher education in the community.
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the local community college employees will get health insurance from us that is provide ed by blue cross/blue shield of texas. we activated a 24 hour crisis hotline to connect mental health services and we have that information available on the fly. >> thank you. now from the texas work force commission. >> i'm ed sarney from the texas work force commission. we have an office and we provide child care services for not only the families of the victims but anyone associated in the school or first responders. we'll also look to protect any snap benefits that an individual is receiving. so that they don't lose other benefits because they're enable
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to work or continue their training. we'll also assist with anyone needing priority concerning unemployment insurance or businesses that need assistance during this time. we're available locally. so please and we're also out at the assistance center as well. thank you. >> thank you. now the head of the tdhbca. >> good afternoon. i'm bobby wilson son. i'm hear from the texas department of housing and community affairs. we have a flexible pot of grant funding that we're funding the community council south central texas. that i have a field office here at the family assistance center. they're already passing out grocery and gas cards. they can help with lodging expenses and extended family. maybe a grandma is here and she needs help with gas, lodging. it's very flexible and we're locking forward to helping as
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many people as possible. thank you. >> last is the head of the texas education agency. >> >> thank you. dea has been working in close coordination with the school system. i want to say thank you to hal for your leadership. and for the work that all of our educators have done that the agency provides support directly in the form of grant funds. we have offered several mental health counselling services. they have been provided around the clock and this began. we'll continue to provide support as the district prepares for this summer. >> whether it's the services you heard about or many more that you talked about providing to local officials, the state of texas has robust resources to
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ensure that these families that have been devastated by this horrific crime as well as the entire community, we will be able to help them with any and all of their needs. i cannot overemphasize enough that everybody, student, teachers, law enforcement, everybody in the community, please avail yourself of absolutely free mental healthcare. it will pay off in the long run. with that, i'll be happy to take a few questions. >> [question inaudible] >> sure. so -- >> [question inaudible]
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>> i'll directly answer your questions. before i start answering questions unrelated to the discussion that we had about the benefits we're providing the community. let's take those questions first and i'll come back to you first. go ahead. >> [question inaudible] >> i'll put you second. let's -- let me make clear. maybe i wasn't clear. before i start taking questions unrelated to the benefit that we're providing to the community. we have an obligation as a state to communicate to the people of this community the benefits that are available to them. their lives are crushed. they have no idea what's going on. >> they may have no idea whatsoever how they're going to pay a bill. let me give you an example of something explained to me. there was a parent that lost
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some glasses that were crushed in everything that happened. he told someone that he had no money to pay for it. we have money to pay for that stuff. there's people that have no idea about getting food. we have money we can buy them food. let's discuss if you have any questions about these benefits. if you don't have any questions, that's fine. if there's anybody here -- >> [question inaudible] >> sure. i'll be answering that. >> [question inaudible] >> no, i'm going to fully answer it. that's what he asked.
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i told you i'll answer his question first -- hold. is there anybody here that has any question about the benefits that are being provided to anybody here who has suffered because of this crime? all right. let me answer your question. so your question -- i remember it. short answer is yes. i was misled. i am livid about what happened. i was on this very stage two days ago, and i was telling the public information that had been told to me in a room just a few yards behind where we're located right now. i wrote down hand notes in detail about what everybody in that room told me in sequential order about what happened. when i came out here on this
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stage and told the public what happened, it was a recitation of what people in that room told me, whether it was law enforcement officials or nonlaw enforcement officials. whatever the case may be. as everybody has learned, the information that i was given turned out in part to be inaccurate. i'm absolutely livid about that. here's my expectation. my expectation is that the law enforcement leaders that are leading the investigations, which includes the texas rangers and the fbi, they get to the bottom of every fact with absolute certainty. there are people that deserve answers the most. those are the families whose lives have been destroyed. they need answers that are accurate. it is inexcusable that they may
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have suffered from any inaccurate information whatsoever. and it is imperative that the leaders of the investigations about exactly what happened get down to the very second of exactly what happenedwith 100% accuracy and explain it to the public. most importantly, to the victims that have been devastated. >> [question inaudible] >> he had a backup question. i'm coming to you next. >> [question inaudible] >> my expectation is that as we speak and every minute going forward, law enforcement is going to earn the truth of the
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public by doing exactly what they're supposed to do from this point on. and that is making sure that they thoroughly exhaustively investigate compactly what happened and explain to you and the public and the victims of the crimes exactly what happened. i told this guy i was coming to him next. >> [question inaudible]
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>> sure. let me answer your second question first and i'll answer your first question. and your second question you talked about the rollback of any of the legislation from this past session. let's be clear about one thing. none of the laws that i signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all. no law that i signed allowed him to get a gun, the gun that he did get. again, there was nothing about the laws from this past session that has any relevancy to the crime that occurred here. with regard to the special session, let me say first of all all options are on the table. secondly, most importantly to your point, do we expect laws to come out of this devastating crime? the answer is absolutely yes. there will be laws in multiple different subject areas. for example, i do fully expect to have every law that we passed in the aftermath of the shooting
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to be revisited. we need to gain information about exactly what happened at the school to find out the extent to which those laws were complied with and the extent they were not complied with the find out what shortcomings allow this travesty to recur. we need to have a discussion to make sure our schools are safer. the people of uvalde, the people of texas deserve that. second, as i was discussing two days ago, you can expect robust discussions and my hope is lost past that i will sign addressing health care in this state. there is an array of health care issues that we face as a state in general but there are array of health care issues that relate to those that commit gun crimes in particular. those need to be addressed. whether it be the health care issues. i've talked publicly with the mayor about it two days ago that would affect the community in general or


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