Tampa Bay area schools make security changes for final days of school year following school shooting

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Schools across Tampa Bay will see noticeable changes to security during the final days of school following Friday's deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.


  • Hillsborough County deputies and Tampa Police will have increased security at all schools.
  • Heightened law enforcement presence at 40 elementary schools currently without a school resource officer. 



  • No planned changes expected. The Pinellas Co. Sheriff tweeted that they are working diligently with Pinellas County Schools to keep students protected every day.


  • Expect heavy police presence at school for the remainder of the school year.

Manatee County

  • Manatee County deputies will have increased security at all schools. Manatee County School District says no backpacks for the rest of school year after a student was found with a loaded gun at Bayshore High School on Tuesday. The policy will be on a middle and high school level. Metal detectors will also be used.

Hernando County

  • No changes planned.

Sarasota County

  • No changes planned.
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