BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV)- Following the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook, education officials and parents in the Mountain State are stopping to think if there is anything their schools could be doing to ensure nothing like the tragedy in Parkland happens here.
School officials in the area say there are set security measures and emergency plans at each school in case of such an event. However, there is no way of knowing what someone is going to do, or when they are going to do it.
Police officers say the best defense is to stay up-to-date on the latest training and security practices.
"I feel that they are pretty prepared," Prevention Resource Officer Jamie Hamrock said. "You cannot prepare for everything and that is the hard part."
The precautionary measures bring comfort to parents, who say this is any mother or father’s worst nightmare when they drop the kids off at school. However, some are questioning if it is enough.
"Obviously something is missing or it would not continually happen," Jaime Cava, a local mother said. "It goes on all the time and you just pray that we do not have to deal with something like that."
Cava says she is thankful to live in a small town and close-knit community, but acknowledges it could happen anywhere at any time.
Officer Hamrock says the hard part is anticipating and then reacting. She says if a student or person wants to create such a tragedy, they are going to find a way to do it. It is the school's job to be educated on the warning signs and defense procedures.
The Florida tragedy is the 18th mass school shooting so far in 2018.