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Rob Romano Feb 15, 2018, 2:17 pmFeb 15, 2018, 3:43 pm

Security stepped up across schools in New Jersey in wake of tragedy in Parkland, Fla.

Education officials say there’s no threat but are being extra cautious


SOUTH BRUNSWICK — With the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on the minds of students, teachers, and parents, schools across the Garden State are stepping up security and trying to comfort children heading back to class on Thursday.

No matter what side of South Brunswick High School one was on during the morning drop-off of students, police were making the rounds. Police are not just patrolling the area during school hours. An officer said police were also out in force overnight with extra patrols around the school.

In a statement, the superintendent of schools said there has been no threat made, but they're being cautious to ensure the safety of students. The statement reads:

"We are coordinating an enhanced police presence at our schools starting Thursday morning in order to ease fears and concerns. This presence will continue throughout next week."

In West Orange, students were also greeted with more officers than normal on Thursday morning. Even near the Jersey Shore, Howell Police Chief Andrew Kudrick is not taking any chances. In a statement, Police Chief Kudrick said:

"You will notice an increased police presence around all of our district schools. Other measures will be taken that will not be disclosed."

Those are just small examples of school districts across the state that are working overtime to keep everyone safe.

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