Rhode Island police departments to increase presence at schools following Texas school shooting
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Police departments in Rhode Island are increasing their presence at schools Tuesday, a day after a deadly mass shooting at a Texas elementary school.
An 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, killing at least 19 children and two adults, officials said. The gunman also died.
It was the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, almost a decade ago.
On Twitter, Providence police said, “Our hearts go out to those impacted by the horrific, senseless acts of violence that occurred earlier today in Uvalde, Texas. Providence PD will have a heightened presence surrounding our city schools and will remain vigilant in our efforts to keep our students and community safe.”
Other school districts that will see an increase in patrols include Bristol, North Providence, Newport, and Warwick.
“Our efforts in keeping our students, schools and community safe will always be a top priority of this department,” said the Bristol Police Department.