Authorities are still working to determine what prompted another mass shooting at a school on Wednesday. Authorities said a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people.
Many Upstate parents said they felt uneasy sending their children off to school today, despite reassurances by local schools and law enforcement that children's safety is of the utmost importance.
“Yesterday evening when I heard, I just started crying because it could happen anywhere," Carole White said.
Carole White's son is in 10th grade at Mauldin High. White said she felt uneasy when he left for school on Thursday morning.
"When he came home last night I gave him a big hug,” White said. “This morning I told him I loved him, which I do every day, but all throughout the day today I just kept telling him I’m thinking about you today and wanted to tell you I love you, so I’ve been paranoid about it.”
The Greenville mom said she does feel a sense of comfort knowing her son's school, and all high schools in Greenville County, are equipped with school resource officers and have other safety measures in place.
“It does put more fear in me and I think about it a lot more, but knowing that the resource officers are there,” said White. “They’re there for a reason and I’ve seen them in action at the school, which makes me trust them.”
In wake of the Florida shooting, Greenville Co. School District released this statement:“We are deeply saddened by what happened in Broward County yesterday afternoon. We review our emergency procedures regularly with the help of local police chiefs, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, a retired FBI special agent, security consultants and employees we’ve hired with law enforcement backgrounds. If valuable information can be gleaned from the ongoing investigation in Florida that team will take the findings into account.”-Beth Brotherton, Director of Communications for Greenville County SchoolsGreenville County School District said will continue to keep doing things the way they have always done to keep students safe. The district said all exterior doors will remain locked and visitors must be buzzed in. In addition, each school has a second set of locked doors that will prevent entry into the school. The school district said they have one or two resource officers at every high school, one officer or deputy at every middle school and a roving patrol at each of their elementary schools. All staff members are required to undergo active shooter training each year. Copyright 2018 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.