Local parents react to South Florida school shooting

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Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 14, 2018

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- Parents shared sorrow when hearing about Wednesdays deadly school shooting.

"The first reaction when I heard the news was where did it happen, hoping that it was not in my city," said Abdul Majid, who has multiple children in grad school right now.

They say they worry enough about their kids getting to school safely, but shouldn't have to worry once they do.

"You worry about them driving to school you know, but when they get to school you worry about them more just because of things like this that happen," said Marsha Poppell the mother of an 18 year old.

The location of Wednesdays shooting was less than 500 miles away from Tallahassee, and the first in Florida this year.

"You have to go on with life I think a little bit; knowing that everyday there's something that could happen to your kids, but certainly the shootings and the way they've increased is scary," said Leff Bonney.

Wednesday's shooting ranks as one of the deadliest in U.S. history. Parents hoping, schools, law enforcement, and their kids are prepared for anything.

"We do want to have the conversation that there may be an event that they need to be evacuated fairly quickly whether it be a fire or this type of active shooter," said Lt. Grady Jordan of the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

Poppell added, "You just hope that administration knows what they're doing and can kind of act fast."

We reached out to the Leon County Schools for comment on the shooting, but they declined.

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