Abilene police to step up presence on campuses after deadly Uvalde school shooting

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Although there are no known threats, the Abilene Police Department is working with the Abilene and Wylie ISDs to provide more visible officers on campuses Wednesday to finish out the school year, according to a news release.

The move is being made following the deadly school shooting in Uvalde Tuesday. As of early Tuesday night, 19 children and two teachers have died after an 18-year-old shooter walked into Robb Elementary School around noon and opened fire.

"This event can bring about concerns regarding the safety of our schools, as we enter the last couple of days of this school year," the release said.

The police department and school administrators are coordinating to keep a close watch on our schools, the release said.

"This is being coordinated as a proactive measure and as a visible deterrent. We are simply taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of students and staff," the release stated.

Parents and students should report any credible threat to the school resource officer and school administration or to the emergency number 911, the release said.

Area police, schools take similar proactive measures

► The Early Police Department announced on social media Tuesday evening that officers would be on campuses "to help ease the minds of parents in the Early ISD area."

There are currently no known threats in the Early ISD area, the post stated.

► Jim Ned CISD will be "taking extra precautions for our last half day of school to ensure everyone’s safety," according to a Facebook post Tuesday night. The last day of classes is Wednesday.

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