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After 3 Recent Shootings, Are Kids Really Safe at School?
Written by Tyler Hawn
Last updated on January 20, 2014 @ 9:27AM
Created on January 18, 2014 @ 7:12PM

It seems like every time we turn around, we hear about yet another school shooting. One was reported a New Mexico school earlier this month, and more recently, a shooting a charter school in Philadelphia left two teens injured.

With three shootings in just three days, it's no surprise many parents are extremely worried about sending their kids to school with all the school violence, but some parents actually have a lot of faith in their school systems when it comes to keeping their kids safe.

While the grocery store, the movie theater, and a school are three places that we consider to be extremely safe, they've recently proved to be extremely dangerous after several people have been gunned down.

5 News talked to some of you who think it's definitely scary when you have to send your kids to school, but some of you have a lot of faith in our schools.

"I think the school administration and personnel have a good handle on it and I think our kids are very safe," said Susan Rodriguez, Fairmont resident.

Officials in Pennsylvania are still trying to figure out why a man gunned down two 15 year-old students at a charter school near Philadelphia. Luckily, they were taken to the hospital an are expected to be okay, but officials say even if someone is just hurt, it's still tragic.

"Anytime someone doesn't die, it's a tragedy averted, but it's still a tragedy," said Commissioner Charles Ramsey, of the Philadelphia Police Department.

That suspect did turn himself into police, and he is facing two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the shootings.

Back here on the home front, 5 News wants to remind you that if your students detect any kind of gun violence, or suspicious activity in their schools, they can call 1-866-SAFE-WVA to get help.


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