In the wake of last Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, our local schools have had to look at increasing security and minimizing risks.
That meant an increase in patrols at area schools Friday, to watch for activity on the last day of school before winter break. Law enforcement was also looking for activity due to the rumored end of the world, according to the Mayan calendar.
"We were just prepared to respond," Washoe County Sheriff's Office Deputy Armando Avina said, "but this is something that we do on a daily basis. Today we just happened to make some enhancements."
The Sheriff's Office coordinated with the school district, other law enforcement agencies and related organizations to monitor the schools closely Friday. Avina said they can never predict what might happen, but when emotions are heightened due to events like the shooting in Connecticut, they can't be too careful.
At the end of the day, all was quiet at area schools. Still, Avina wanted to remind parents and caretakers to talk to their kids about not making any threatening comments on social media or over the phone, because law enforcement will take them very seriously.
"Understand that those threats are going to be translated by the person receiving them," Avina said, "and if that person feels that they have received a threatening message, it potentially could be a crime."
School district officials said the attendance Friday was just a little bit lower than the same day last year.
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