Florida school shooting has Capital Region parents on edge

February 15, 2018 07:02 PM

Parents and the school community here in the Capital Region are reacting to the school shooting in Florida. Safety and security are always top priority. Police are also prepared to reassure parents.

For Stephanie Szkopiec, safety for children in schools should be automatic.

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"It's not something you think about. When your kids go to school you think they're safe. And it's becoming a scary thing," Szkopiec said.

She was at the Crossings of Colonie park with her son, and among other parents concerned about what the future holds for their children in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Florida.

"We all had some fears and concerns about how children these days have different types of thought patterns than we had back in our day," said Donavan Kuber, who was at the park playing with his son.

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NewsChannel 13 learned of two local school districts that sent out letters to parents, saying safety and security measures are in place. The letter also said school officials work every day to prepare and or prevent a similar situation. However, some parents believe it maybe only a matter of time.

"The way the schools have updated their security measures, they still have some vulnerabilities that could be exploited," Kuber said.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said the country will undoubtedly get off topic and start a national debate on guns.

"I kind of find the common ground of saying let's have some conversations about the guns and focus on the education and the safe handling and the safe storage," he said.

Apple added that there's also a mental health component here. He said if the indicators are there, if a person is making statements that make you feel uneasy, don't be afraid to call the police.

"You have to again use the theory of 'see something, say something.' Don't be afraid to get involved. Send us a tweet. Send us a message, a crime tip or whatever," Apple said.

More information:

Surviving an active shooter situation

Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (Project SAVE)


Dan Bazile

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