After Texas shooting, schools across the United States step up security


In the wake of the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, schools across the United States have called in additional security personnel and restricted visitors as they face a new wave of threats from imitation.

For some families and educators, it has all added to the unease in the wake of the deadliest school shooting since the 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Jake Green, 34, of Los Alamos, New Mexico, was shaken when he first saw an undercover police officer while walking his 7-year-old daughter to school on Friday morning. He grew up in Colorado, not far from where two Columbine High School students shot and killed 12 classmates and a teacher in 1999. Green remembers attending memorials and candlelight vigils in fifth grade, but he wonders if there are police at his daughter’s school. is the best.

“Somehow I don’t really feel safer with the police around,” Green said. “Seeing the police there, it really felt like the worst possibility was even more possible today.”

Flowers are placed around a welcome sign outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, to honor the victims killed in a school shooting one day older early. Following the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, schools across the United States called in additional security personnel and restricted visitors as they faced a new wave of security threats. ‘imitation. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

In El Paso, Texas, where a gunman killed 23 people in a 2019 racist attack that targeted Hispanics at a Walmart, schools are on edge. The El Paso Independent School District has previously encountered reported threats that turned out to be false. They were either “joking students or overly sensitive parents,” said district spokesman Gustavo Reveles Acosta.

“Our community is still raw from this incident,” Acosta said. “It hits us in a pretty emotional way.”

The district, which has its own police department, has also stepped up patrols on all 85 campuses. Officers have been removed from traffic monitoring or other duties. Schools already have updated camera surveillance systems. Visitors are required to ring the doorbell and show identification before they can enter.

The district makes it a point to look after the mental health of teachers and students. A team of counselors visited each school to talk about the shooting in Uvalde. They also urge people to speak privately about any distress.

People visit a memorial erected in a town square to honor the victims killed in the elementary school shooting earlier in the week in Uvalde, Texas, Saturday, May 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong )
People visit a memorial erected in a town square to honor the victims killed in the elementary school shooting earlier in the week in Uvalde, Texas, Saturday, May 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong )

Mia Baucom, a 15-year-old high school student in Forth Worth, Texas, said it was surreal to think the Uvalde murders happened in her home country. It also brought back memories of a lockdown at his school two months ago which was sparked by a shooting.

“I’m a little more stressed because of this just the fear of what would happen to my school?” said Baucom, whose last day of school was Thursday. “Let’s say we get more police. That probably won’t stop people from going crazy and shooting up schools.

Schools have stepped up police presence in a host of states, including Connecticut, Michigan and New York, after Tuesday’s shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead.

In Buffalo, New York, where a white gunman fatally shot 10 people in a racist supermarket attack on May 14, the largest school district announced new safety rules effective immediately. All visitors – parents, siblings, vendors – must call ahead for approval. No exception will be made. They can be searched by a rod detector. The doors will be locked at all times.

In Jacksonville, Fla., the Duval County Public Schools School Police Chief has banned backpacks or large purses from all schools until Friday, the last day of school. Small purses were allowed but could be searched.

Crime scene tape surrounds Robb Elementary School after a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas on May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Crime scene tape surrounds Robb Elementary School after a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas on May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

A discredited threat to a college prompted a Texas school district 200 miles southeast of Uvalde to end the school year a week early. The Kingsville Independent School District has announced that Friday will be the last day of school. But students shouldn’t see a penalty for ending the year prematurely.

“In light of the Uvalde tragedy, there has been tremendous stress and trauma. Unfortunately, more stress and trauma are being added with ‘copy threats’ beginning to circulate, such as the one sent today for Gillett (college),” Superintendent Dr. Cissy Reynolds-Perez wrote in a statement. published on the district’s website.

It’s clear that staff and students across the country are nervous, as several reports of gun sightings on campus have emerged in recent days.

On Friday morning, two Seattle-area schools were locked down and police eventually recovered an airsoft gun. Schools in Everett, Washington, then had their closures lifted.

Two people were arrested Thursday after a Denver high school closed its campus. Police found a paintball gun but no other firearms. Anyway, classes have been canceled.




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