Governor Announces New Chief Of School Safety And Security

Mass Shooting At Elementary School In Uvalde, Texas Leaves At Least 21 Dead

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Governor Greg Abbott is announcing the state's new Chief of School Safety and Security. Greg Abbott says John P. Scott will serve in the position that was created after the Uvalde school shooting. Scott most recently served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the North Texas district of the U.S. Secret Service and was also an Army Field Artillery Officer. Abbott says Scott's "wealth of experience in security and intelligence" makes him the perfect fit for the role.

"Protecting Texas children and making our schools safer for all are top priorities, and John Scott is uniquely qualified to help lead our efforts ensuring their safety and security in Texas schools," said Governor Abbott. "Chief Scott's wealth of experience in security and intelligence and exemplary service to our nation make him the perfect fit as the new Chief of School Safety and Security. I look forward to working with Chief Scott as we continue increasing our strong collaboration and communication among state agencies to provide a safe and secure environment for every Texas student, parent, teacher, and school faculty member."

"Both as Commissioner of Education, and as a dad, I recognize our schools must be safe for students to learn and grow," said Texas Education Agency Commissioner Mike Morath. "TEA’s new Chief of School Safety and Security, John Scott, brings incredible security expertise to the role. We are grateful for Governor's Abbott's leadership on this critical issue."

"I am honored to join the Texas Education Agency in this capacity," said Chief of School Safety and Security John Scott. "I plan to work closely with partner agencies and school systems across the state to keep our students and staff safe.”

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