Alabama school system adds police as ‘precaution’ after deadly mass shooting in Uvalde

Madison City schools will have an additional police presence around schools today in response to the shooting at a Texas elementary school yesterday that killed 21 children and teachers.

In an email sent to parents last night, Superintendent Ed Nichols wrote: ‘Madison Police Chief Johnny Gandy has advised me that there will be an additional Madison Police Department presence around our schools tomorrow. Although we have had no threats to our schools, Chief Gandy, Dr. David West and I believe this is a warranted precaution at this time.

It is not yet clear whether other districts in the state will take similar action.

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The shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 students and 2 teachers, is the second deadliest shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012, when a gunman killed 26 children and teachers in a Connecticut elementary school. The reported shooter in Uvalde also died.

This is the 30th shooting at a K-12 school this year, according to CNN.

“I know we are all shocked and saddened by the shooting at a school today in Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of these families,” Nichols said. and Dr. West, our Safety Coordinator, for their dedication to making our schools a safe place for our students and staff.”

Jeremy S. McLain