News

Actions

Texas school district’s enrollment drops after mass shooting

Posted: 12:10 PM, Dec 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-10 13:10:57-05

SANTA FE (AP) — A growing number of students are leaving the Houston-area school district where 10 people were killed in a mass shooting in May.

The Houston Chronicle reports that attendance figures show enrollment at the Santa Fe district has dropped by more than 4 percent this year.

About 200 fewer students are attending the rural suburban district’s schools this year compared to the 2017-2018 school year. Half of the loss comes from the high school where authorities say a 17-year-old student killed 10 people.

The district’s enrollment decrease isn’t an anomaly, as many other schools victimized by shootings have experienced similar exoduses. But the Santa Fe district is also dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

District spokeswoman Patti Hanssard says some families in the community still haven’t been able to return to their homes.

___

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com