NEW BRUNSWICK - City police and school officials and staff were conducting an active shooter drill this morning at McKinley Community School.

“This is only a training exercise,” city police said in an announcement to alert parents.

Authorities advised residents that there would be a police activity around the school on Van Dyke Avenue during the morning hours.

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Across the country law enforcement agencies have increased efforts to ensure safety at schools following mass shootings on campuses.

In February, a 19-year-old man entered Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and shot and killed 14 students and three staff members, and wounded 17 other people.

The man was arrested a short time after the shooting.

That incident sparked a nationwide debate about school safety.