Houston’s KHOU wades through what they’ve been able to verify about the Santa Fe High School shooting and what’s just rumor.

As the school year ends and students prepare for graduation and prom, another high school shooting Friday reignited national debate over school safety when a gunman fatally shot 10 people at a Texas high school.

With worries running high since the Parkland high school shooting in February — especially over special events like prom and graduation — security experts say there’s no new cause for heightened concern for special events this year.

Unless a school faces a specific threat or conflict between students, “there’s no need to overact,” said school safety expert Kenneth Trump.

Author of Proactive School Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning and president of National School Safety and Security Services, Trump has worked with educators for 30 years across the country to ensure schools have thorough safety plans in place in case of an emergency.

“The more we find people focused on grasping for extreme security measures and increased perceptions of security, the less prepared they are in the fundamentals of security,” he said.

For example, having chaperones spread throughout a room rather than clumped off in a corner or using walkie-talkies for instant communication rather than cell phones that require service can make a huge difference in case of an emergency, Trump said.

At Santa Fe High school, where nine students and one adult were fatally shot Friday, students were preparing for a graduation scheduled for June 1.

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Security expert and author of Security Expert’s Guide to Premise Liability Litigation, Chris McGoey stressed the importance of controlling building entrances and exits for special events. “If you have any additional security, have them outside the event,” he said.

In many cases, proms are held off-campus at rented sites and graduations are often held in large gyms or outside on school grounds. While off-site situations make security more difficult, having someone scope out floor plans ahead of time can bolster safety, McGoey added.

There’s no crystal ball for event security, and schools need to follow the plans they already have in place, McGoey said. “You can’t protect at the extreme level at all schools at every event,” he said.

For Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where a gunman killed 17 students and teachers in a Valentine’s Day rampage, prom honored the victims with memorial service for the seniors who would have shared the special night with their classmates is planned.

Parkland students voiced their support for the victims and survivors of the Santa Fe shooting on Friday — the last day of school for Parkland seniors.

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A version of this story was published April 28, 2018

Santa Fe High School junior Guadalupe Sanchez, 16, cries in the arms of her mother, Elida Sanchez, after reuniting with her at a meeting point at a nearby Alamo Gym following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018. 
People gather by the Barnett Intermediate School where parents are gathering to pick up their children following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018.  
Students are emotional as they gather by the Barnett Intermediate School where parents are gathering to pick up their children following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018.  
Two women pray outside the family reunification site following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018. 
People react as they leave the family unification center at the Alamo Gym, following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018.  
People react outside the unification center at the Alamo Gym, following a shooting at Santa Fe High School May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.  
Santa Fe High School senior Logan Roberds talks to reporters outside the Alamo Gym where students and parents wait to reunite following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.  
A man hugs a woman outside the Alamo Gym where parents wait to reunite with their children following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018. 
A woman prays in the grass outside the Alamo Gym where parents wait to reunite with their kids following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018.  
A women talks on her phone following a shooting at Santa Fe High School Friday, in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018.  
Santa Fe High School staff react as they gather in the parking lot of a gas station following a shooting at the school in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018. 
A woman reacts while making a phone call outside the Alamo Gym where parents wait to reunite with their children following a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, Friday, May 18, 2018.  
Police officers in tactical gear move through the scene at Santa Fe High School after a shooting May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. 
A Santa Fe Police officer consoles others after a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas May 18, 2018.  
A Pearland Police armored vehicle stands ready in front of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, in response to a shooting May 18, 2018. 
In this image taken from video emergency personnel and law enforcement officers respond to a high school near Houston after an active shooter was reported on campus, in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018. 
In this image made from video, people stand near school buses outside Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018. An active shooter was reported on campus Friday.  
In this image taken from video, law enforcement officers respond to a high school near Houston after an active shooter was reported on campus, in Santa Fe, Texas. 
In this image taken from video, law enforcement officers respond to a high school near Houston after an active shooter was reported on campus, in Santa Fe, Texas. 
In this image taken from video, law enforcement officers respond to a high school near Houston after an active shooter was reported on campus, in Santa Fe, Texas. 
In this image taken from video, law enforcement officers respond to a high school near Houston after an active shooter was reported on campus, in Santa Fe, Texas. 
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