ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Authorities with both the St. Louis County police and St. Louis City police tell me they are increasing patrols around elementary schools as a precaution after the shootings in Connecticut. Both say there are no immediate threats against schools in our area.
Earlier we captured this video of a county police unit in front of Washington elementary school in Vinita Terrace. COunty police say they patrol in twelve different school districts. County Police Chief Tim Fitch tweeted earlier this afternoon that county police will provide extra patrols around elementary schools until further notice. Chief fitch went on to tweet that he hopes the county police presence will help calm fears. We talked earlier with a county police spokesperson about the move to add extra patrols.
“It would be naïve for us to not at least act on the possibility of a copycat situation. So that’s why what we’ve done on the chief`s direction is to add extra patrol to all elementary schools in our area. That’s been passed on to all of our precincts to make that high priority.” said Officer Randy Vaughn of the St. Louis County Police.
“I would love having more police around the schools because I have three kids of my own who go to school every day. If something should happen to my kids, it probably wouldn`t be a good thing for me.” said concerned parent Bobby Tucker.
Officer Vaughn says the additional patrols may continue for some time until concerns calm.
A spokepserson for city police says its unclear how long their increased patrols will last.
Chris Tennill, the spokesperson for at the Clayton school district, says several parents there actually picked up their kids early in the wake of what happened in Connecticut. There are certainly a lot of worried parents that police are trying to help out.