Students Return to Class at 2 North Texas High Schools After Shooting Incidents

Classes resume at Bowie High School in Arlington and Roosevelt High School in Dallas following separate shooting incidents.

Students at two North Texas high schools are preparing to return to class on Monday after being disrupted by separate shooting incidents last week.

Bowie High School in Arlington canceled classes on Thursday and Friday following a tragic shooting incident on Wednesday afternoon. Seventeen-year-old Julian Howard allegedly shot and killed 18-year-old Etavion Barnes on campus, leading to Howard’s arrest and subsequent murder charge. The motive for the shooting remains unclear. Arlington ISD has announced increased security measures and counseling support for students and staff upon their return.

Additionally, Roosevelt High School in Dallas faced a security threat prompting the closure of the school on Friday. This decision followed a drive-by shooting off-campus on Thursday night, where two students were injured while being driven home from football practice by a coach. The suspect remains at large, and Dallas ISD has not released further details regarding the investigation.

In response to recent security concerns, Dallas ISD has announced district-wide security changes, including enhanced arrival and re-entry processes at schools. This initiative comes after a troubling incident earlier in the month at Wilmer Hutchins High School, where a student reportedly bypassed a working metal detector and brought a gun onto campus, resulting in another student being shot.

As students and staff return to school, heightened security measures aim to reassure the community and prevent further incidents. Both Arlington ISD and Dallas ISD are prioritizing the safety and well-being of their students while continuing to collaborate with law enforcement to address security challenges.

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