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Muscatine Iowa - Muscatine Police school officials joint statement on Texas tragedy 25 May 2022 ( news )
Muscatine , state Iowa ( By Press Release office)
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MUSCATINE , Iowa
– The Muscatine Police Department and the Muscatine Community School District released the following statement today ( May 25 ) in regards to the tragedy in Uvalde , Texas , and the current safety efforts for Muscatine school students and staff .
Late Tuesday afternoon , the news was breaking across the country regarding a school shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde , Texas . We learned that 21 people were killed , including 19 students and two teachers . The Muscatine Community School District and the Muscatine Police Department mourn the loss of the families and friends impacted by this tragedy .
It is essential for our families to know that while we may not know the “why” behind these senseless acts , the MCSD team of counselors is available to support students and staff members . We also want to communicate and update the Muscatine community on our ongoing safety efforts taken to protect our Muskie students and staff members .
We continue to work on safety and emergency operation plans for the school district with emergency response personnel , and the Muscatine Police Department . That includes a multi - layered approach to school safety including; secure entrances and classroom doors , security cameras , school resource officers on - site at the junior high and high school along with added mental health support for students .
In light of the tragic events in Uvalde , we strongly encourage all MCSD families to talk to their students and listen to their concerns . We also urge that students continue to “See Something , Say Something” and communicate with school officials when they observe things that concern them . Students should never feel intimidated or embarrassed by sharing their concerns . The Muscatine Community School District and Muscatine Police Department appreciate the continued support from families , staff members , and the entire Muscatine community . The goal is to provide a safe environment for all our students and staff members .
Clint Christopher , Superintendent
Bret Talkington , Chief of Police
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