The U.S. State Department has taken the extraordinary step of barring its diplomats posted to Monterrey, Mexico from bringing their children with them because of escalating drug-related and other violence in the Latin American nation.
It's the first time the department has done that for U.S. personnel posted anywhere in Mexico, according to NPR's Michele Kelemen who reported the following for our radio network's newscast:
A shooting last week outside the American School Foundation of Monterrey and continued threats of kidnapping forced the State Department to review its security measures.
The department decided to make Monterrey a partially unaccompanied post. That means U.S personnel will not be allowed to keep their children with them.
The State Department says this is the first time it has imposed such rules in a post in mexico, which has been racked by drug violence — particularly in northern border towns.
In March in Juarez, a pregnant State Department employee who worked at the U.S. consulate and her husband, both U.S. citizens, were killed.
The same day, the husband of a Mexican citizen who worked at the same consulate, died in a different shooting.
The State Department later closed the consulate.