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Kids Unlimited, Central Point step up security in wake of TX massacre

Law enforcement personnel walk outside Uvalde High School after a shooting was reported earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (William Luther/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

A day after a shooting spree left 19 students and two adults dead at a Texas elementary school, Central Point schools and Kids Unlimited Academy said law enforcement presence would be stepped up in and around their schools.

The schools made their intentions known on social media, issuing statements spurred by the killings at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Walt Davenport, superintendent of Central Point schools, said the district requested additional police presence and support from the Central Point police and the Jackson County sheriff.

“Additionally, we will coordinate with our school counselors and psychologists,” Davenport said. “If needed, they will be able to provide support for students as they process the events or have questions.”

KU said its teachers would “have simple talking points” if students inquire about the incident, and that staff was available to provide support for students, too.

The CP and KU statements echoed each other on many points, saying the Texas shooting gives “great pause as a nation” and “may create additional anxiety for parents and students.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by the events,” both statements said. “The safety and well-being of your children is a priority in our school.”

The Central Point superintendent and KU administrators went on to thank constituents for supporting campus safety.

“We know the procedures that are in place can seem inconvenient at times for parents,” the institutions said. “We will continue to train our staff and maintain strong, proactive partnerships with our law enforcement agencies to keep safety a priority in our schools.”

Medford schools Superintendent Bret Champion, who is originally from Texas, held a press conference Monday expressing condolences to the victims and families of the Robb Elementary School massacre and said resources were provided to educators to help them talk to students about the unfolding developments. Those resources would vary by grade level, he noted.

Champion did not specify a step-up in law enforcement activity at his schools Wednesday, but spoke extensively about school resource officers, which are armed policemen who are trained to deal with situations like a potential mass shooting.

Reach reporter Kevin Opsahl at 541-776-4476 or kopsahl@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevJourno.