'We are still in shock': Troup Co. sheriff responds to FL high school shooting

TROUP COUNTY, GA (WTVM) – Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff is responding to the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that claimed the lives of 17 people.

"We are still in shock of the events that took place last week in South Florida, and like you, many of us sent our children or grandchildren back to school today with perhaps a little unease," Sheriff Woodruff said in a Facebook post.

The post continued to state that after any horrific act, it brings rumors, fear, and those who wish to inflame fears.

The sheriff's office wants to help ease those fears by increasing police officers at local schools.

"We continue to be in constant contact with the school system to help ensure the safety of our students and to investigate specific threats made to any school campus," the post stated.

The sheriff is encouraging parents to talk with your children, comfort them, and answer questions.

Woodruff also recommends encouraging your children to talk with a teacher or staff member if something at their school doesn't look right.

"School is supposed to be a safe place full of learning and fun and not fear, but unfortunately acts of violence shatter that image," Woodruff said. "I pray every day for the safety of our schools as I know you do and I am always available to address your concerns."

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