Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials are responding to a deadly shooting that happened at an elementary school in Connecticut, killing nearly 20 students.
"We are very saddened by the news in Connecticut and our thoughts and prayers are with the families in that community," the school district released in a statement on Friday afternoon.
Officials say that CMS police officers work closely with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and agencies in surrounding towns to keep local schools safe.
"We routinely review safety procedures, crisis plans and evacuation maps to ensure that teachers, staff and students know how to respond when a situation occurs on campus," the statement said. "Safety policies are regularly discussed with principals and district leaders."
WBTV spoke with Gaston County Superintendent Reeves McGlohon who says it's best for parents to be honest with their children.
"Could this have happened in Gaston County? It could. We think it's less likely to happen here because of all the things we do on a daily basis," he said.
McGlohon says his students participate in frequent lockdown drills, to help deal with an emergency. He says the school system works well with local law enforcement.
Officials say they will continue to be proactive in their security procedures to provide a safe and positive learning environment for all students.
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