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Local Reactions to Connecticut Elementary Shooting

By: Eames Yates, Garin Flowers Email
By: Eames Yates, Garin Flowers Email

Kevin Futch is the parent of three elementary school children in Tallahassee. The horrific shooting that took the life of 20 children Friday morning hits close to home for him.

"Safety is our first priority, especially for our kids because they are our future and every parent out there can say their kids are the most important thing in their life," Futch said.

The life of children is what parents like Futch hope is kept as safe as possible when at school. We reached out to Leon County Schools. They released this statement:

"We will continue to monitor the situation moving forward and work together to learn from this terrible event. The safety of our students and staff continues to be our number one priority. We mourn for all those involved."

We also spoke with newly elected Madison County Schools Superintendent Doug Brown.

"These events are reminders of the need to be vigilant about school safety."

Captain Jim Corder works with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office. He hopes the local community gets together to create a plan.

"To prevent it I don't know because we don't want our schools to turn into prisons where we have to lock everything down, but I think that it's time that we take a really close look at these issues and come together as communities and try to come up with a good plan."

In the coming days, many questions will be answered about the horrific shooting in Newtown, CT. But, it may forever be a mystery why someone would do something as senseless as what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary.

"My prayers go out to [the victims] and it brings tears to my eyes to even think about that," Futch said.

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Today is a tragic day in American history.

The school shooting in Connecticut was one of the deadliest school shootings ever in the United States, second only to the Virginia Tech massacre back in 2007.

It's a reminder that local law enforcement throughout the country needs to be ready.

Many procedures have changed in the last few years for responding police officers to tragedies like this.

Before the Columbine shooting the protocol for first responders was to secure the scene and wait for tactical units.

Since then here in Valdosta the protocol has been for first responders to go in and try and end the threat.

That's according to the Valdosta Police Department.

Aaron Kirk, Valdosta Police Department, stated, "nobody is totally prepared for something like that to happen. We just hope that we can respond in time to minimize the damage that is done. And we have mutual aid agreements with the agencies in this area so we would have response from law enforcement. EMS, fire, agencies all around this area if something like that were to happen."

The Lowndes County School System has just released a statement saying "we are deeply saddened by the news from Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff and families."


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