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Parents react to school shooting in Sparks

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Law enforcement officials block off roads surrounding Sparks Middle School where there was a shooting. (Source: KOLO/CNN) Law enforcement officials block off roads surrounding Sparks Middle School where there was a shooting. (Source: KOLO/CNN)

The latest middle school shooting in Sparks has parents in southern Nevada concerned whether something like this could happen in the Valley.

"It's still scary because you don't know if something bad is going to happen," said parent Mari Cela. "You think that they're safe in school, and maybe they're not."

"It is concerning when you send your children off to school, you think that could happen," parent Janet Gardner said. "You just never know."

CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky issued this statement in response to the Sparks tragedy: 

"Yesterday's tragedy in Sparks, Nevada, is an unfathomable loss that has touched our hearts, and our condolences go out to all of the students, teachers, families affected. As Superintendent of the Clark County School District, I hear and understand the community's concerns about the safety of our children. I want to assure you that our highest priority is protecting our students and employees."

The CCSD School Police Department said they monitor campuses daily for any unusual activity and work extensively in elementary, middle and high schools Valleywide reassuring parents that all campuses are safe.

"Every sight within the district has a crisis response plan," said Capt. Ken Young. "If we had a shooting situation, there's a basic protocol on how they are to respond."

Young says before a situation escalates to a tragedy, parents should pay attention to their child's behavior, browse social media pages and look for any changes in behavior.

"Know who their friends are, know when those type of things change, know their basic habits," Young said. "You know when something is just not right."

Gardner says she also teaches at a charter school and constantly talks with her daughter about school safety. She said a police officer recently came to her school and talked about what to do if an active shooter scenario were to happen.

"They said if somebody does come into the building and you're trying to get out, he said don't run in a group together. … He said, you know, spread out and run," Gardner said.

While investigators are still searching for a motive for the Sparks Middle School shooting, they said they believe the student was able to get the gun from their parents' house. 

Young says it's every parent's responsibility if they own a gun to make sure it stays out of the hands of their children.

"Are you taking every step as a responsible parent to ensure that your kids don't have that opportunity to bring a gun to school?" Young said.

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