Local school leaders react to news of mass Conn. shooting

Close to 30 people were killed inside a Connecticut elementary school on Friday. (WRDW-TV)

Close to 30 people were killed inside a Connecticut elementary school on Friday. (WRDW-TV)

News 12 First at Five / Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Shockwaves from Friday morning's shooting in Connecticut are being felt all over the country.

Richmond County PTA President Monique Braswell says she was devastated when she heard the news.

"My heart just went out to all of those families out there," Braswell said.

The shooting resonates especially close to home for public safety officers right here in Augusta, who fear something like this every day.

"From the Public Safety standpoint, it's our worst nightmare, too, and it's something that we hope never occurs, but we always prepare for the worst," said Chief Patrick Clayton with the Richmond County Board of Education.

Part of those preparations include prevention, closely monitoring who comes in and out.

"When you walk in through the door, there is always someone facing you, where it's not as easy for people to sneak into our buildings and just do anything you want to do," Clayton said.

Along with prevention, Richmond County deputies -- along with school Public Safety officers -- train for active shooter situations.

Even though they hope they never have a need for this type of training, Friday's massacre in a quiet Connecticut town proves you can never be too prepared.

"An incident like this always makes everybody go back and try to reevaluate their safety plans and try to make them better," Clayton said.

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