Schools in Buffalo are now requiring all visitors, including parents and siblings, to call ahead and get 'prior approval' to access property after recent mass shootings

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Children walk hand-in-hand near the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., May 15, 2022.
Children walk hand-in-hand near the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., May 15, 2022.Matt Rourke/AP
  • Buffalo Public Schools will now require all visitors to get "prior approval" to enter a school building.

  • A gunman killed 10 people at a Buffalo grocery store on May 14 in what officials called a racially motivated attack.

  • On Tuesday, a gunman killed at least 19 fourth-graders and two teachers at a school in Uvalde, Texas.

Buffalo Public Schools changed its policy for visitors, now requiring all visitors  – including parents and siblings – to get "prior approval" before entering school premises.

The change comes after a mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket on May 14 claimed ten lives and a school shooting in Texas on Tuesday left 19 school children and two teachers dead.

"After the horrific Buffalo and Texas Mass Shootings, any person who wishes to enter a school MUST call ahead and obtain prior approval to enter the building. This includes parents, caregivers, siblings, and vendors; NO EXCEPTIONS will be made," Buffalo Public Schools said in a message on its website.

The school district said all of the doors at each school will remain locked during the day, adding that there are cameras at the front entrance of each school. Members of the Buffalo Police Department and Buffalo Public Schools Security will remain on school campuses "for an undetermined amount of time."

"If reporting for a scheduled meeting, ALL visitors will need to announce their name and the name of their child to be buzzed into the school," the district said. "Upon entry, visitors may be subjected to a wanding and/ or a search process for additional safety measures."

 

The change comes one day after an 18-year-old student in Uvalde, Texas opened fire at Robb Elementary School, killing at least 19 fourth-grade students. The shooting was the deadliest elementary school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012.

The shooter in Texas used a long rifle and was wearing a tactical vest, Insider previously reported. He barricaded himself in the fourth-grade classroom where he carried out the shooting.

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