South Georgia group looks to keep kids safe after deadly mass shooting in Florida

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 15, 2018

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- In the wake of the deadly school shooting in Florida, a South Georgia anti-violence group is looking for answers to keep kids safe.

A group called Citizens Against Violence says the mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida sheds light on several issues.

They say what happened in Parkland, could've happened anywhere, even in Valdosta.

The group is heartbroken and upset, but says the age of the gunman doesn't come as a shock.

They say the reason is because they're seeing gun violence from that same age group.

The group says this is a nationwide issue that can only stop through the help of parents, schools, and members of the community.

The mass murder committed by the teenager is making them question how they can help kids in the local community.

"Our hearts go out to what is happening in Florida ans throughout this country," says Pastor J.D. Martin, with CAV. "No parent should have to wake up on any day to send your kids to school for them to get shot."

The deadly event is raising safety questions in schools everywhere.

Martin points out that there's practice drills for fire and bad weather, but few know what to do during an active shooter situation.

Local concerned parents say they can't help but question their kids safety now.

They say they won't feel at ease until more proactive steps are made to prevent it from happening in their community.

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