Schools across the country increase security after massacre in Uvalde

Schools increase security after shooting in Uvalde. They hire staff and restrict visitors. Some areas moved up the end of the school year...

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  • Schools increase security after shooting in Uvalde.
  • They hire staff and restrict visitors.
  • Some areas moved up the end of the school year.

After the massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, schools across the United States have hired additional security staff and restricted visitors at a time when they are dealing with a new series of threats from copycats, according to Seattle pi and the AP.

For some family members and educators, it all adds to the unease after the deadliest school attack in the United States since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Jake Green, 34, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, was startled when he saw a plainclothes police officer when he took his 7-year-old daughter to class Friday morning.

DO PEOPLE FEEL SAFE WITH THE ADDED POLICE PRESENCE?

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Green grew up in Colorado, not far from where two Columbine High School students shot 12 classmates and a teacher to death in 1999. Green remembers attending memorials and vigils as a fifth grader, but remains undecided about having a police officer at his daughter’s school.

“In a way, I don’t really feel safer with a police officer around,” Green said. “Seeing the police there really made it seem like the worst possible scenario was even more possible today.” In El Paso, Texas, where a gunman killed 23 people in a racist attack on Hispanics at a Walmart, schools are on alert and beefing up security after the shooting in Uvalde.

DO THE THREATS CONTINUE?

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The El Paso Independent School District has already come across some reports of threats that turned out to be false. It was “students joking around or overly sensitive parents,” said Gustavo Reveles Acosta, a district spokesman. “Our community is still hurt by that incident,” he commented. “It hit us really hard.”

The district, which has its own police department, has also stepped up patrols at all 85 campuses. Officers have been withdrawn from monitoring and transit tasks, among others. Schools have already upgraded their surveillance camera systems. Visitors must ring a bell and present identification before entering. Filed Under: Schools Safety Shooting Uvalde

WHAT SHOULD FAMILY MEMBERS DO?

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Following Tuesday’s shooting in which 19 students and two teachers were killed, schools in several states have stepped up police presence, including Connecticut, Michigan and New York. In Buffalo, New York, where a white gunman killed 10 people in a racist attack at a supermarket on May 14, the largest school district announced new safety rules that went into effect immediately.

Any visitors — parents, siblings, vendors — have to call ahead to receive authorization. No exceptions will be made. They may be subject to metal detector inspection, and doors will remain locked at all times.

PROHIBITED ENTRY

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In Jacksonville, Florida, the Duval County Public Schools chief of school police has banned backpacks or large tote bags from all schools through Friday, the last day of school. Smaller bags are allowed through, but may be searched.

A false threat against a high school forced a Texas school district 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Uvalde to end the school year a week early. The Kingsville Independent School District announced Friday that it would be the last day of school. But students will not be penalized for the fact that the year ended prematurely.

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