New security measures at TISD schools

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - New security measures have arrived some East Texas schools, still reeling from a deadly classroom stabbing.

Tyler ISD has confirmed that three new metal detectors and several new security wands have arrived for both John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools.

Exactly when and how they'll be put to use will be discussed during the TISD board meeting Monday night.

Safety and security has been at the top of people's minds since special education teacher Todd Henry was fatally stabbed inside his John Tyler classroom nearly two weeks ago.

We're also finding out more about the young man accused of attacking his teacher. Monday morning, family members of 16-year-old Byron Truvia were back at the Smith County Juvenile Attention Center where Truvia is still being held on probable cause for murder.

His attorney said he was diagnosed with schizophrenia two years ago. Monday's hearing was waived. Truvia will remain at the attention center as the investigation continues.

"Because it's a juvenile case, I can't tell you exactly what has been filed...some the judge has ruled on, some the judge has not," explained Jim Huggler, Truvia's attorney. "We're dealing with a very challenging case to work with."

Truvia's next hearing is scheduled for November 2. His attorney said the DA has not filed any petitions in the case, which will determine where the case goes and whether Truvia will be certified as an adult.

An interesting thing happened in Monday's hearing. As Truvia was escorted outside the courtroom, his brother, Dennis Truvia, told him to keep his head up.

The bailiff asked Dennis to step outside the courtroom, and a judge later instructed attorneys that Dennis would no longer be allowed inside the courtroom. He said didn't appreciate his behavior, or the dirty looks he gave to the judge himself. He believes the young man to a be a security risk.

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