KHOU11 reports that Texas “leaders” announced that they are going to spend $105.5 million in “state funds to boost school safety and mental health services” in response to the Uvalde mass shooting. Including mental health services is something, considering the very same Texas leaders cut mental health services in the first place. But before you start a sentence with “at least they are ...” let’s find out how much of that money is being wasted on warfare.
According to the report, about half of that money ($50 million) will be going to “bullet-resistant shields for school police officers.” What? Yes. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the same guy that said grandparents needed to die for capitalism during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, got his wish: bulletproof shields that he asked for in lieu of gun safety laws.
That’s not all. Another $17.1 million will be going to Texas school districts to spend on buying “silent panic technology.” So half of this money is going to bulletproof shields for the militarized police that sat outside for an hour while children were being murdered; and a little less than one-fifth of the money is going to be spent on giving schools technology that banks have had since World War II.
Of that more than $105 million in taxpayer money, $5.8 million will go “to expand telemedicine for children and $4.7 million to increase the use of a treatment program for at-risk youth.” That’s the “mental health” expenditure. This is the Texas GOP leadership’s response to the mass killing of 17 children.
The officials patting themselves on the back for this sideshow are worthless. They are cowards. They are without worth.
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