MCSD, MCSO respond to FL high school shooting

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The Muscogee County School District and the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office is responding to the tragic shooting that happened at a high school in Parkland, FL.

The massacre claimed the lives of 17 people on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The Muscogee County School District released the following statement:

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those impacted by yesterday's senseless and heinous tragedy at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. Parents and communities across the nation are understandably concerned for the safety of their children and school employees, as are we at the Muscogee County School District. For this reason MCSD has taken a proactive and aggressive approach in preparation for a possible active shooter situation. Working in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, District officials conduct unannounced active shooter drills and family reunification exercises in schools throughout the year.  In addition, the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) funding has enabled the District to install various monitoring devices and safety equipment in all District site and schools.

The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office also posted the following on its Facebook page:

Our hearts go out to the families in Parkland, Florida that lost their children yesterday. These tragedies are all too familiar on our newsfeeds but real families lost real children, and that grief is unimaginable. Please keep them in your prayers.

The shooter was identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz and he has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

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