Gov. Abbott Recruits Chuck Norris To Promote Texas School Safety Program

When it comes to Texas law enforcement officers, perhaps the most well-known of them all is a fictional character portrayed on the small screen by actor and martial artist Chuck Norris.

Now, he is partnering with real-life authorities in the Lone Star State to help GOP Gov. Greg Abbott promote a new program designed to keep schools safe for students and staff.

Norris, who played protagonist Cordell Walker in the long-running series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” appears in a new series of public service advertisements encouraging citizens to use the iWatch platform to report potential threats.

“Law enforcement can’t stop the bad guys if they don’t know who they are,” Norris said. “That’s why I wanted to tell you about iWatch, a website, phone app, and service that allows Texans to report suspicious activity.”

In a statement announcing the partnership, Abbott wrote that everyone should “feel safe and secure returning to school this fall,” suggesting that there is no one better equipped to “spread the message about the iWatchTexas reporting system than ‘Texas Ranger’ Chuck Norris.”

The 82-year-old actor explained the way that the website is designed to address possible safety concerns before anyone gets hurt, asserting: “Whether it’s criminal acts, terror threats, or someone wanting to harm children, if you see something, say something — and help keep communities in the great state of Texas safe.”

Texas has been at the forefront of school safety concerns since a school shooting earlier this year in Uvalde left 19 children and two teachers dead. Abbott has advocated for increased security on the state’s school campuses and additional funding for mental health services, expressing confidence that the iWatch system can be a big part of the solution to school violence.

“We ask Texans to utilize iWatchTexas to report nearby suspicious activity to help our law enforcement quickly and effectively respond to any criminal, terroristic, or school safety threats,” he added.

Abbott’s investment in commonsense policies and programs is not enough for those who are demanding strict new gun control measures, however. A new ad by the political action committee Mothers Against Greg Abbott, for example, depicts a young child wearing body armor ahead of the first day of school.