As I write this, 18 children and 1 teacher are confirmed dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
As I write this, I also hear my two boys laughing downstairs while watching their favorite TV show with my wife. I don't think I could live another day if the sound of their joy was erased from the earth.
And so, to the families of those who were senselessly gunned down today, I offer – on behalf of RPS – my entire heart and my entire soul. I pray that one day you find peace, and that the memories of those you have lost only fill you with light and love.
To our students, families, and staff: please know that I take your safety extremely seriously – it is truly my number one priority, as both superintendent and a father. Towards that end, I want to share a few updates:
- First, earlier this evening, I authorized our Director of Security to implement enhanced searches during student arrival tomorrow morning. That means things will take a bit longer than normal. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
- Second, I asked Chief Smith for additional RPD officers at our schools during arrival and dismissal. Given this, please do not be alarmed if you see RPD personnel/vehicles at your child's school tomorrow.
- Third, I want you to know that several months ago, I instructed our Director of Security (a former SWAT commander) to review our active shooter protocols with our principals, and work with each of them to update their school-specific active shooter response plans. That work is now complete. Normally, I wouldn't share this, but I felt it was important for you to know given today's events.
- Fourth, to the extent it is helpful and not traumatizing for you, please review these FBI active shooter resources.