There are no known threats to any of the districts. Many emphasized that the extra measures were added out caution.
DALLAS — People across the U.S. are beginning to process the deadly mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, from Tuesday morning.
Officials have confirmed that at least 21 people – 19 students and 2 teachers – were killed at Robb Elementary School before police killed a suspect. They say all of the victims were in the same classroom that the 18-year-old barricaded himself in.
Schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are adding extra security measures to end their academic year safely.
It’s important to note that there are no known threats to any of these districts. Many of them clarified that the extra steps are being added out an abundance of caution.
Over in Arlington, at Timberview High School, there was a shooting last year. Today, many students went to school thinking about what they went through last year and imagining what the children in Uvalde just went through on Monday.
“Sad, emotional,” said Logan Rodriguez, a junior at Timberview Middle School.
Rodriguez and many other students walked into school with heavy hearts, after what happened in Uvalde.
“I’m sad. heartbroken.. yes. it shouldn’t have happened,” said Gabrielle Mitchell, a junior at Timberview high school.
“We talked about it briefly,” said Mitchell.
Teachers took a moment to make sure students were OK.
“We have some good teachers to talk about it,” said Rodriguez.
“We are definitely increasing our presence throughout the city and around our schools,” said Chief John Lawton with Dallas ISD.
While their presence is known, authorities are also closely monitoring students’ posts.
“We have a regional fusion center located at the Dallas Police Department. They’re watching. So if some of those keywords are hit, triggered, they will make notifications to us,” said Lawton.
Lawton said they have what’s called “the campus emergency operation plan.”
“We practice it throughout the year. So our students know, our staff know what to do in certain situations,” said Lawton.
Back at Timberview, students are sending a warm message to the innocent children in Uvalde.
“I want to say, I love you all,” said Mitchell.
“It’s better to talk about it to your parents and not keep it in. The more you keep it in, it will hurt,” said Logan.
Cedar Hill ISD
The school district released a statement Tuesday evening saying that there will be extra security on Wednesday and Thursday. Their virtual Year in Review meeting has also been postponed from Tuesday night.
An announcement on social media says CHISD holds regular emergency response drills and monthly Campus Incident Response Team trainings to prepare for emergencies.
“Our police will work with the school district to maintain a strong presence around our students and faculty and staff throughout the district. Their safety and your comfort and confidence is our highest priority in the wake of this tragedy and always.”
Colleyville-area school districts
Colleyville police are also reminding residents to report anything suspicious.
“Everyone in our community is our best eyes and ears when the Police can’t be everywhere, so please: If you see something, say something.
“The tragedy at Uvalde, along with all other school shootings, is difficult to process—there is nothing about this that makes sense. Yet, Texans are resilient, strong, and always better when joining together to support each other and impact change.”
Denton-area school districts
They say the Student Resource Officers will stay on campuses along with additional officers.
“Tonight as we more for Uvalde, Texas, and every life forever changed, we know our residents are struggling to feel safe,” the department wrote. “Any time a senseless act of violence occurs, it has a widespread impact and invokes feelings of grief, confusion, and fear.”
Grand Prairie ISD
The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District there will be extra police patrol around their campuses for the rest of the week.
“Necessary precautions will be taken” during graduation ceremonies.
The Irving ISD Superintendent released a statement about the Uvalde shooting online.
Magda Hernandez said there will be extra district patrol officers and staff watching over campuses before students arrive and after they’re dismissed.
She also says teachers have resources and parents should get a email with additional resources. The district’s Employee Wellness and Support staff will be available to work with staff and provide more support.
“All of Keller ISD is heartbroken by today’s tragic events in Uvalde. School should be a safe place, and it’s devastating when that safety is threatened by acts of violence.”
Saginaw-area school districts
They also mentioned that there are no known threats to any of the schools