Schools beef up security after Florida shooting

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Security is on every parent's mind after Wednesday's deadly school shooting in Florida.

Schools throughout the Mid-South have made it clear that safety is their first priority. But some parents are asking if it's enough.

Many Mid-South parents were excited and anxious to give their little ones a hug after news of yet another school shooting has them on edge

"It was just fear, ya know?" grandparent Jan Hardrick said.

Hardrick said there's fear in the back of her mind as she drops her grandson off at school every day, something many parents can relate to.

That's why school administrators are doing all they can to put parents at ease.

John Combs with Tipton County Schools said his district beefed up security after the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting in 2012.

"The biggest things we've done is limited access to buildings, so we have buzzing systems now in everyone one of our locations," Combs said. "Every school, central office, they all have buzzing systems so that's limited access and that's made things a whole lot more secure."

Other municipalities throughout the Mid-South said they're doing the same.

Desoto County Schools released this statement:

"Safety is DeSoto County Schools' top priority.  Our staff receives extensive and ongoing training, and emergency drills are practiced on a regular basis."

Collierville Schools also said training is vital to student safety, releasing this statement:

"Each of our eight schools has both an emergency preparedness plan and a trained emergency response team."

Some schools even sent voice messages to parents acknowledging the heightened emotions after the tragedy in Florida.

Principal Andy Demster at Maxine Smith Steam Academy sent the following message to parents Thursday morning:

"The safety of your students and our schools are our number one priority at all times. We take campus security extremely serious here at STEAM and Middle College."

But even with the reassurance, the training, and secure doors and cameras, 17 lives are gone and parents still don't think it's enough.

"I don't think that's enough, I really don't, I really don't," Hardrick said. "It's a good idea and a good thought but it's so much going on in the world right now anyway. I don't think we have the police officers enough."

Shelby County Superintendent Dorsey Hopson also took to Twitter sharing his heartache.

Hopson's full statement about the Florida shooting is below:

The tragic events in Florida Wednesday have shaken us all, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Broward County School District today. The topic continues to generate much conversation throughout our community and on social media, and we know this has led to concerns and questions for many of our students, employees and families.

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