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.
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.