Southwest Florida school officials reassure parents children are safe following Uvalde shooting

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Lee County School District Superintendent Chris Bernier discusses school safety in the wake up the Uvalde, Texas shooting that killed 21 people. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Some parents in Texas are coming to terms with the fact that they will never hug their children again after a gunman stormed a school in Uvalde, Texas.

In Southwest Florida, school officials want to reassure parents that their children are safe at school. The state demanded changes in safety and security after the Parkland shooting in 2018, but with every new shooting comes another opportunity to see if we are doing enough.

While the shooting happened in Uvalde, Texas, it could happen anywhere, including in Southwest Florida. And that reality hit hard for one mother.

“I plan on keeping him out of school for the rest of the year,” she said.

One woman whose grandchild attends East Lee County High School is upset because she asked administrators to use the restroom on Wednesday morning and no one asked her for ID or checked her bag.

“I lived near Newtown; I was right over the border of Connecticut so it really hit home for me,” said Jan Doss. “She said why would I want to look at it? I said because 19 kids got killed yesterday. You don’t check people when they go through a locked door?”

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