Students return to Santa Fe High School 3 months after shooting

SANTA FE, Texas (KTRK) -- Green and yellow ribbons will welcome back students to Santa Fe High School Monday, three months after a mass shooting that left 10 people dead.

Since the May 18 shooting, the district has added extra security measures.

The ribbons placed all over the city are meant to show support and solidarity as these students and parents gear up for the new school year.

A candlelight vigil was held for the community Sunday night as local pastors prayed over the schools and the students.

As these students head back to school, they're going to have to adjust to some changes when it comes to security at all of the schools.

One of the biggest and most visible changes for students will be metal detectors. High school and middle school students will be required to pass through these in order to get on campus.

In addition, bulletproof glass was also installed in the front of Santa Fe High School. Panic buttons and additional police officers and security assistants will also be on campus.

These changes, for some parents, are welcomed as they send their students back to campus.

"They've taken a lot of measures to tighten the security up. They've made a lot of changes. I truly, if I had a hat, I would take it off and commend every one of them," said Santa Fe parent 'Cowboy' Martinez.

Counselors and therapy dogs will be on hand as well.

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Eyewitness News reporter Charly Edsitty is at Santa Fe High School where students are going back to class after a deadly shooting.

Thirteen people were injured in the shooting. Among them was student Sarah Salazar.

Salazar was shot three times. She was released from the hospital in June.

Her mother says she will need more surgeries in the future. She's now about to start aquatic physical therapy.

Student Sarah Salazar returns to Santa Fe High School.

Student Sarah Salazar on the first day back to school.

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