Texas School District Enrollment Drops After Mass Shooting

Student enrollment numbers in the Santa Fe Independent School District are down by more than 4 percent this year, following a mass shooting in the Houston-area district last spring, according to the Associated Press.

The AP reports about 200 fewer students enrolled in the district this school year, with the high school sustaining the biggest drop in enrollment. Last May, 10 students were killed at Santa Fe High School by a 17-year-old student.

Drops in enrollment are common in schools victimized by mass violence across the country.

“We understand that families in our community are going through a very difficult healing and recovery process, and it will continue to take a very long time to work through these traumatic experiences and rebuild their lives,” said Patti Hanssard, Santa Fe District Spokeswoman. “Parents must make the best decisions for their students, and we support them in doing so.”

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