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After the Texas shootings, schools around the US increased security

Following the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, schools around the US have brought in additional security staff and restricted visitors as they deal with a new rash of copycat threats.

All this added to the unease for some families and teachers 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 shocked when he first saw a plainclothes police officer on Friday morning while driving his 7-year-old daughter to school. He grew up in Colorado, where two Columbine High School students shot and killed 12 classmates and a teacher in 1999. Green remembers attending memorials and candlelight events as a fifth grader, but is torn as to whether there are police at her daughter’s school. The Best.

“In a way, I don’t really feel safe with the police,” Green said. “Looking at the police there, it really looked like the worst was possible today.”

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 already faced some alleged threats that turned out to be false. District spokesman Gustavo Revels Acosta said they were either “joking students or overly sensitive parents”.

“Our community is still raw from that incident,” Acosta said. “It affects us in quite an emotional way.”

The district has its own police department, which has intensified patrolling in all 85 campuses. Officers have been removed from overseeing traffic or other duties. Schools already have updated camera surveillance systems. Visitors are required to ring the doorbell and show identification before entering.

The district is making it a point to pay attention to the mental health of teachers and students. A counseling team is visiting every school to talk about the shooting that took place in Uvalde. They are also urging people to speak privately about any crisis.

Mia Baucom, a 15-year-old high school student in Forth Worth, Texas, said it was unrealistic to think that the Uvalde murders took place in her home state. It also evoked memories of the lockdown at her school two months ago, which was inspired by a shooting.

“I’m a little more stressed about it just because of the fear that what if this happened at my school?” said Baucom, whose last day of school was Thursday. “Let’s say we get more police officers. Most likely it won’t stop people from going crazy and just shooting schools.”

Schools have increased police presence in several states, including Connecticut, Michigan and New York, after Tuesday’s shootings killed 19 students and two teachers.

In Buffalo, New York, where a white gunman fatally shot 10 people in a racist attack at a supermarket on May 14, the largest school district immediately announced new safety rules. Any visitor – parent, sibling, seller – must come forward for approval. No exceptions will be made. They can be detected by wand detector. The doors will remain closed at all times.

In Jacksonville, Florida, the chief of school police at Duval County Public Schools banned backpacks or large handbags at any school until Friday, the last day of school. Small wallets were allowed but could be searched.

An infamous threat against a middle school prompted the Texas school district, 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Uvalde, to end the school year a week earlier. The Kingsville Independent School District announced Friday that it would be the last day of school. But students should not see any penalty for premature end of year.

“In light of the tragedy in Uvalde, there has been an enormous amount of stress and trauma. Unfortunately, more stress and trauma are combined with the ‘copy-cat threats’ that aired today such as those sent to Gillette (middle school). Looks like,” Superintendent Dr. Sissy Reynolds-Perez wrote in a statement on the district’s website.

It is clear that staff and students across the country are on edge as there have been multiple reports of sightings of firearms on campuses over the past few days.

Two schools in the Seattle area closed Friday morning and police eventually recovered an airsoft gun. Everett, Washington, schools then lifted their lockdowns.

Two men were arrested on Thursday after being gunned down on the premises of Denver High School. Police found a paintball gun but no other firearms. Anyway the classes were cancelled.

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