Uvalde School Shooting: Houston-area school districts are stepping up police presences after the second-deadliest school shooting in the country

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — As the community mourns the horrific loss of life in Uvalde, local school districts are taking action to ensure the final days of school are safe.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, at least 19 children, a teacher and a second school employee were killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. The 18-year-old suspect, a student at Uvalde High School, is also dead, Gov. Greg Abbott said.

This is the second-deadliest school shooting in the United States on record.

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Students, staff and parents can expect to see additional police on the ISD campus in Pasadena and at schools throughout the Houston area as counties try to shield themselves from violence in recent days.

Pasadena ISD notified parents Tuesday that additional patrols will be held on school grounds on Wednesday and Thursday.

This includes the entire force of the Pasadena Police Department ISD, as well as Pasadena Police Department officers and deputies from the Harris County Constable Precinct 2 and Precinct 8.

Over at Aldine ISD, the district is also increasing the police presence on campus. The district said there will be additional police at the remaining events in the district, including the graduation ceremony.

Conroe ISD said there will be a highly visible police presence for the next two days. This includes all CISD police officers, as well as deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Conroe Police Department.

ABC13 spoke to a mother whose daughter died in the Santa Fe High School shooting, and she’s upset with state politicians. Rhonda Hart said promises made four years ago have come to nothing.

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“You said four years ago you would fix this and you didn’t, and here we have another mass shooting,” Hart said.

We also spoke to a former intelligence official who talks to schools about being safer.

“There are clear markers when people take the path to violence that they post there. Be alert if you know someone who is behaving in a disturbed way, whether it’s what they write, what they read, or what they say. Please be brave enough to speak up,” said Jeff James, a security researcher.

In addition to adding police officers, districts across Texas and across the Houston area are adding additional advisors to help those who want to speak out about the Uvalde shooting.

SEE RELATED STORY: How to Talk to Children After 19, Teacher Killed in Uvalde, Texas, School Shooting

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