KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In response to the deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office increased its presence at North Kansas City Schools.

After yesterday’s horrific events in Uvalde, Texas, our School Resource Deputies & other deputies will be providing extra visible presence at @NKCSchools for the remainder of their school year (which ends Friday).

Clay County, Missouri Sheriff

The school year ends on Friday, May 27.

Smithville Police joined on the increased presence, telling citizens they are doing what they can to keep schools safe.

“Officers are doing everything within their ability to insure that our schools are safe. Don’t be surprised, or alarmed, if you see an SPD car at one of our schools,” the department posted on Facebook.

People in the community said they appreciate law enforcement stepping up and noticed the extra hands on deck to keep kids safe.

“Everybody knows it could happen anywhere,” said Cindy Wines, whose daughter teaches at a North Kansas City school.

Wines said she couldn’t help but think about the tragedy at Robb Elementary School when she went to her daughter’s NKC school on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two adults at the south Texas school. The gunman was killed by police, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Wines said she felt safe inside the school Wednesday knowing Clay County deputies and school resource officers were providing an extra presence

“The kids are our number one priority, and with our blessed partnership with the school district, it’s allowed us to have every tool that we need to maintain every bit of safety and security,” Clay County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Archer said.

Meanwhile, adults are having tough conversations with children, like Wines did with the 3rd grader she volunteers with.

“He asked me if I had heard the news, and I said yes, and we talked about it a little bit,” she said. “And I said those were kids his age and he said yeah and that he felt really bad for their families.”

Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Christopher Olivarez said the man, “barricaded himself by locking the door and just started shooting children and teachers that were inside that classroom. It just shows you the complete evil of the shooter.”

According to police, Ramos had hinted at the attack on social media. He legally brought two AR-style rifles just days before the attack, soon after his 18th birthday, state senators briefed by law enforcement said.

One of the guns was purchased at a federally licensed dealer in the Uvalde area on May 17, according to Sen. John Whitmire. The gunman bought 375 rounds of ammunition the next day, then purchased the second rifle on May 20.

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