TYLER, TX (KTRE) - Flowers adorned a flagpole today at a Tyler school where classes resumed under tight security a day after a teacher was fatally stabbed.
Uniformed law officers were outside John Tyler High School, where special education teacher and music enthusiastic Todd Henry was attacked in a classroom yesterday and later died. A 16-year-old male student remains in custody and the case is not in the hands of the Smith County District Attorney's office. U.S. and Texas flags were flying outside the school. Some bouquets with cards encircled the base of the pole.
One card said: "To a man that had a heart for the kids and music. May you rest in peace and may God be with you." Westwood Baptist Church, across the street from the high school, was flying its U.S. flag at half staff.
The Tyler Independent School District described the fatal stabbing as an "unforeseen isolated occurrence" and a "random act by an individual student." Counselors were on hand today for students and staff as needed.
According to Tyler ISD there is an increased presence of the Tyler Police Department Thursday and for the foreseeable future, however, many parents don't agree with their assessment. Superintendent Randy Reid mentioned that the district is considering adding metal detectors on-campus. Tyler ISD confirms that before the school year at least a half dozen hall monitors were terminated as part of a new school security plan. Parents and students say that since the hall monitors were let go, on-campus violence has been escalating. Superintendent Reid said the stabbing is an isolated incident.
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