NJ Increases School Security After Texas School Shooting

Governor Murphy later tweeted that "there are no credible threats" in New Jersey.

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New Jersey is increasing security in schools following the massacre at a Texas elementary school on Wednesday, as Governor Murphy said there are “no credible threats” here.

Acting New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin said Wednesday night that he directed the New Jersey State Police and county prosecutors to “increase law enforcement presence at schools throughout New Jersey effective immediately. The state police will increase their presence at the schools where troopers are the primary law enforcement. The county prosecutors will direct their municipal police departments to likewise increase law enforcement presence at schools throughout their jurisdictions.”

Governor Murphy later tweeted that “there are no credible threats” in New Jersey, and reiterated his stance on gun control by tweeting, “Heartbroken by today’s elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. No child or educator should ever fear going to school, and no parent should ever fear sending their child to school. We must end our nation’s gun violence epidemic.”

Platkin emphasized that New Jerseyans should feel safe sending their children to school.

“Our students, their families and caregivers, teachers and school administrators should feel safe in school and be assured that New Jersey’s law enforcement agencies will do everything in their power to protect them.

On Wednesday, 19 students and two adults were killed at Robb Elementary School Uvalde, Texas, in what was the deadliest school shooting since the massacre at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, where 20 children and six adults were killed.

The gunman has been identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, a student at Uvalde High School. He was shot and killed by law enforcement at the scene.

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