School districts nationwide are implementing heightened security measures following the deadly Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting.
At least 19 kids and two teachers have been killed by an 18-year-old high school student during the said student’s attack at Rob Elementary School in Texas. It has prompted responses to heighten the security and ensure the safety of children across the United States during the final weeks of the school year.
School and law enforcement officials in multiple counties in the state of Georgia have made an announcement just hours following the deadly Texas shooting. The state’s largest county, Gwinnett County, has announced the deployment of police officers on campuses, as per a Fox 5 Atlanta report.
“While there are no known threats to any school in Gwinnett, our officers will be on hand for the safety and comfort of our residents,” Gwinnett County Police stated.
Meanwhile, the school district in Fulton County told families that “in the remaining two days of the school year the Fulton County Police Department, Campus Security Associates, and administrators will be vigilant and aware of the safety concerns our community will have in the wake of this tragedy.”
In Virginia, Loudoun County’s sheriff’s office has revealed its response.
2/2 Although there is no connection to Loudoun County and no known threats, the increased presence is being conducted in an abundance of caution over the next several days.
— Loudoun County Sheriff (@LoudounSheriff) May 25, 2022
“In light of the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary school and as we grieve with the City of Uvalde, Texas and the nation, #Loudoun residents will see an increased LCSO presence at elementary schools in the county to ensure that our community feels safe in their schools,” the sheriff’s office announced via Twitter. Additionally, it pointed out that while there are “no known threats,” the office is acting out of “an abundance of caution over the next several days.”
The deadly school shooting in Uvalde took place one day after Loudon County officials and a bomb squad responded to a high school in the district in connection to a suspicious device that was eventually found out to be an unapproved science project.
U.S. School Districts Respond to Uvalde, Texas Shooting
In Maryland, Montgomery County Police revealed that they “will be continuously checking on our schools to ensure the safety of our students.”
In light of today's tragedy in Texas, MCP Community Engagement Officers will be continuously checking on our schools to ensure the safety of our students. We extend our sympathies to all those affected in Uvalde, Texas.#mcpnews #mcpd
— Montgomery County Department of Police (@mcpnews) May 25, 2022
Meanwhile, the school police chief in Duval County, Florida has notified parents that “there will be no backpacks or large handbags allowed at any Duval County public school this week.” They also said that small purses “will be subject to search,” according to News4Jax. The chief went on to say that “all of our leadership officers will be at schools for the remainder of the week, and we have asked other law enforcement agencies in the area to be especially vigilant around our schools.”
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina has also announced that “law enforcement will have an increased presence in all of our local schools in the days ahead,” along with “the officers & security measures that are already in place.”
In the wake of the horrific events at Robb Elementary School in Texas yesterday, law enforcement will have an increased presence in all of our local Schools in the days ahead. This will be in addition to the officers & security measures that are already in place. pic.twitter.com/zY62onLPMj
— Rockingham County Sheriff's Office (N.C.) (@rockcosheriff) May 25, 2022