• Green Country officials respond to deadly school shooting in Florida

    By: Greg Brown


    TULSA, Okla. - Officials in Green Country are responding after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Wednesday.

    A former student reportedly opened fire in the school, killing multiple people and injuring more than a dozen others.

    Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe tweeted after the incident, offering prayer for those involved.

    Sen. James Lankford tweeted about what the tragedy on Wednesday.

    FOX23 talked to Tulsa police about the effects of the shooting even here in Green Country:

    In Rogers County, deputies reportedly went to the schools at drop-off times to assure students' safety. They said they typically send deputies out after national tragedies.

    Broken Arrow police officials said they are well prepared in the event of an active shooter situation, and each officer is equipped with a "go bag" containing life-saving gear and first-aid materials and extra ammunition and magazines. Some officers even keep non-perishable food items with them.

    Tulsa Public Schools released a statement from Superintendent Deborah Gist:

    Jenks Public Schools officials affirmed their commitment to safety of students there:

    "On behalf of the students and employees at Jenks Public Schools, our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the victims and the families of the tragic school shooting in Florida.

    "At Jenks Public Schools, our staff members and administrators continuously evaluate safety procedures and protocols. All JPS employees are trained in how to act in the event of a school shooting or other emergency. Jenks Campus Police officers maintain a constant and very visible presence at our school sites, and the safety and security of our students and staff members is always the number one priority."

    The Oklahoma Red Cross released a statement Wednesday afternoon:

    "Our hearts go out to all those who are affected by the tragic shooting in Broward County, Florida. While we do not typically serve hospitals in South Florida, the American Red Cross stands ready to provide blood and blood products as needed. 

    "The Red Cross is grateful for all donors who generously give blood throughout the country. It's the blood that is already on the shelves that helps during an emergency. Volunteer blood donors are needed each and every day to help save lives."

    Union Public Schools sent this statement: 

    We are terribly saddened by the news of the school shooting in Florida on Wednesday and we mourn with those who have lost children, teachers and family members in this senseless act of violence. 

    Union Public Schools takes the safety and security of our students very seriously, and as a district, we will continue to reflect on and review our own practices and procedures.  First and foremost, it is critical that we always be CONNECTED to our students. Union teachers, staff and security officers interact daily and forge relationships with our students so they feel comfortable sharing their concerns. We take all rumors and reports of potential violence very seriously. Union has a Safe Schools Hotline where students, parents and others in the community can provide anonymous tips via phone, email or text.  These are all investigated by our Director of Security and other administrators, regardless of the time they come in.  We are also aggressive in our efforts to monitor social media, as posts can often alert us to potential threats where we can intercede.  In addition, there are many other security measures currently in place.

    Union has emergency plans on file with state and local safety personnel including law enforcement.  These plans are reviewed and updated annually.  We have mandatory drills and scenario training where we prepare for all kinds of emergencies, including an active shooter situation.  Union has a well-trained, armed, full-time security force with officers stationed on campuses throughout the district who are prepared to eliminate a threat to our students and staff.  We also have Broken Arrow Police Department (BAPD) and Tulsa Police Department (TPD) officers who work for the district every day.  Through a strong partnership with local law enforcement and open communication with our students, staff, and parents we will continue to work together to keep our schools safe.

    FOX23 has reached out to a number of other agencies and officials to learn more about their response.

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