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Texas mass shooting: Uvalde school district had security measures in place prior to tragedy

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Ari Fleischer, Harold Ford Jr. and Mollie Hemingway react to the elementary school shooting in Texas on'Special Report.' The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD) in Texas had many security measures in place before Tuesday's mass shooting that left at least 18 students and a teacher dead after a now-deceased suspect opened fire at Robb Elementary School. The now-deceased suspect, Salvador Romas, is accused of entering school grounds on Tuesday and opening fire, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. UCISD's website states that the district has "proponents to curb and/or eliminate" elements of" violence, vandalism, disruptions and fear" in its schools to "provide a safe and secure environment for all." Those proponents include four officers, including a chief, a detective and two officers within the school district; partnerships with local law enforcement agencies; security staff that patrols door entrances and parking lots at secondary campuses; case managers and social workers on UCISD campuses; licensed counselors; threat assessment teams; social media threat monitoring; a visitor management security system; canine detection services; motion detectors and alarm systems; perimeter fencing at Robb and other schools; security vestibules and outside buzz-in systems; security cameras; a locked classroom door policy; staff and student training; and a threat reporting system.

Uvalde shooting: Copycat threat remains high 2 weeks after attack, but here's how we can limit that chance

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Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram has the latest on actions Washington is mulling in wake of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas on'Your World.' The likelihood of a copycat attack following the Uvalde school shooting remains high for the next two weeks, but officials and media can do more to try and limit that possibility, a former law enforcement official told Fox News Digital. "Studies have shown that, generally, the copycat phenomenon lasts for … maybe two weeks," retired FBI special agent in charge Michael Tabman explained. "That is when we're most at risk of a copycat, and there are many factors that go into why so many copycats, but the risk is there." A number of similar gun scares have already occurred across Texas, with several South Texas districts labeling the incidents as "copycat" threats: Local news outlet 3 News reported on three such threats of violence against schools, each of which officials and law enforcement handled.

Watters presents the 'Primetime Plan' in response to Uvalde school tragedy: Enough is enough

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Fox News host Jesse Watters weighs in on the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting that left 19 children, 3 adults, including shooter dead on'Jesse Watters Primetime.' Fox News host Jesse Watters pressed President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for making the "same old argument" following a shooting to take away constitutional rights from law-abiding Americans on "Jesse Watters Primetime." JESSE WATTERS: Nineteen children and two teachers were killed in the massacre. These kids were as young as 7 years old. According to the Uvalde School District, for years they've used social media threat-monitoring technology. This kid was a student.

Texas mass shooting: FBI profiler says mass shooters show 'risk factors,' calls police delay 'concerning'

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Raul Ortiz speaks to correspondent Bill Melugin about law enforcement's response to the Texas shooting on'America Reports.' Former FBI criminal profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole says shooters like the suspect who killed 19 children and two teachers at an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school on Tuesday are hard to identify early on. "With the shooter, some of the early terminology calling him'mentally ill' or [saying] his behavior was driven by mental illness can be misleading because they aren't always mentally ill," she said of mass shooters. "[S]aying so attempts to show that this was something nobody could've done anything about. Risk factors were present in this offender's background. Paying attention to those warning signs ahead of time can prevent the next shooting."

Uvalde school police chief Arredondo denies giving stand down order, tells his side of story for first time

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Former Justice Department official John Yoo weighs in on the DOJ's probe into law enforcement's response to the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting on'Your World.' The Uvalde school police chief who has faced blistering criticism over his response to the Robb Elementary mass shooting is now saying he never considered himself the incident commander on-scene and that he did not give orders telling responding officers to stand down. Pete Arredondo, speaking alongside his lawyer to the Texas Tribune, is revealing for the first time what he says happened on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas, where gunman Salvador Ramos killed 19 students and two teachers. "Not a single responding officer ever hesitated, even for a moment, to put themselves at risk to save the children," Arredondo told the website. "We responded to the information that we had and had to adjust to whatever we faced. Our objective was to save as many lives as we could, and the extraction of the students from the classrooms by all that were involved saved over 500 of our Uvalde students and teachers before we gained access to the shooter and eliminated the threat."