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As Upstate remembers CT victims, some call for action

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Some sign cards to send to Newtown, CT, to show support at the vigil in Spartanburg on Tuesday. (Dec. 18, 2012/FOX Carolina) Some sign cards to send to Newtown, CT, to show support at the vigil in Spartanburg on Tuesday. (Dec. 18, 2012/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

It's been several days since the mass shooting in Connecticut - and even now, many in the Upstate still find the news hard to bear.

Speakers at a vigil at the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office Tuesday night held back tears during prayers and a reading of the names of the victims.

The people attending, of all ages and backgrounds, are feeling the hurt and are doing what they can. Many wrote letters to the families and first responders that have been directly impacted by the Sandy Hook shooting.

"I think it's remarkable that a town that doesn't know anyone from there can come out and support (them)," said Silbia Rabadan.

Among those speakers was Sheriff Chuck Wright, who said, "I can't imagine someone calling me and telling me that I can't see (my grandchildren) anymore."

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Wright also revealed that he's been in discussions with school leaders in districts across the county regarding school security. He said that at least one district is seriously looking at putting a student resource officer in every school.

"Every school district that I know of in Spartanburg County is re-examining their safety policy as we talk tonight," he said.

Wright said there are currently 29 student resource officers and eight supervisors throughout the school system, and any more would come with a price tag that the county would have to approve.

In light of the recent events in Connecticut, Wright told FOX Carolina that support for more security is there.

"I think it is necessary and I don't see where we can put a price tag on the safety of our children," he said.

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