State Police troopers will conduct daily check-ins at New York schools from now until the end of the year following the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that left 19 children and 2 teachers dead, Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced.
The check-ins with police were announced after Hochul held at an emergency meeting with State Police officials and after she met on Wednesday morning with an interstate gun violence task force.
"I want parents who have enough to worry about in their daily lives — the cost of gas at the pump, the cost of groceries, maybe putting aside money — they have enought to worry about. Let them know the State Police and local law enforcement are there to protect them," Hochul said.
The State Police, both plainclothes and uniformed troopers, will be conducting the check-ins, Hochul said, adding she is concerned the latest mass shooting will weigh on the mental health of kids.
“Children today have been through so much," she said. "They don’t deserve that."
Education officials have also called for an end to the mass shootings in schools and for safety in the workplace.
"What will it take to put a stop to these hateful, sickening acts of violence?" said Andy Pallotta, the president of the New York State United Teachers labor organization. "Our schools must be a safe place for all. As we mourn those who have lost their lives, we must also stand up and demand better for children, for parents, for educators and for communities across the nation."
Hochul, meanwhile, touted the efforts by the interstate task force meant to halt the flow of illegal guns into New York. More than 4,100 guns have been seized by law enforcement officials since the gun violence task force began its work earlier this year.