Texas is turning to Chuck Norris to help stop the next school shooting.
With school restarting around the state, Gov. Greg Abbott is touting a safety program that calls on parents, teachers and students to report suspicious activity on the state’s iWatch website.
To promote the reporting system, Abbott has tapped 82-year-old former action movie star Chuck Norris to star in new public service announcements promoting the system.
“Parents, teachers, and students deserve to feel safe and secure returning to school this fall, and who better to help spread the message about the iWatchTexas reporting system than ‘Texas Ranger’Chuck Norris?” Abbott said in a statement to the media on Tuesday.
Norris was the star of the television series Walker Texas Ranger which ran from 1993 to 2001.
In the new PSAs, Norris says he loves bringing bad guys to justice.
“But law enforcement can’t stop the bad guys if they don’t know who they are,” he says. “That’s why I wanted to tell you about iWatch, a website, phone app and service that allows Texans to report suspicious activity.”
The iWatch system has been in place for several years, but Abbott in June called for ramping up awareness of the system after the Uvalde shooting.
Like other Texas Republicans, Abbott has rejected calls from the left for more gun control measures, saying they are not the solution to mass shootings, instead focusing on mental health resources and school security measures.
The new website is: https://iwatchtx.org or people can call the state’s hotline, 844-643-2251.
Abbott said it is part of a laundry list of steps he’s taken since the Uvalde school shooting where 19 children and two teachers were killed in May. Abbott said he’s ordered comprehensive school safety reviews of all Texas public schools, more training of school-based police and the creation of a new Chief of School Safety and Security position within the Texas Education Agency.
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