Pasco deputies at schools today for ‘peace of mind’ following deadly school shooting

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) —  All of the chaos and tragedy from the Parkland shooting no doubt has parents across the nation worried today as their kids headed off to school.

In the Tampa Bay area, Pasco deputies are at county schools today in hopes of comforting nervous parents and students.

“It makes it feel real, in a sense because it’s happening here now, like they’re doing something about it and it’s good but it’s also scary because it’s like that could happen to me,” said senior Kaitlyn Merryman.

A mass shooting like the one in Parkland yesterday can happen any time, anywhere, and that’s why Pasco deputies are flooding Pasco schools today to provide extra protection.

“I think it’s terrifying and it makes me scared to go to school but it makes me feel better that they’re at least doing something about it when it happens,” said Merryman.

Students and parents still in disbelief that a tragedy like this one hit so close to home.

“I actually looked up how close it was and it’s very surprising how close to home and I could know somebody that knows someone,” said Kristen Peck, senior.

“I have a daughter over there. So if I am at work and I hear that, that is going to be a shock to me because what would be going through my mind is that is my daughter included in one of the victims” said parent Sam Odame.

Instead, local parents and students counting their blessings today and tipping their hats to law enforcement.

“As long as they have the responsibility to protect, somebody’s life will be saved,” said Odame.

“Always a chance it could happen here even thought it doesn’t feel like it could. And it’s really scary but it feels good to know that our community is responding in a way that is going to help and give us some peace of mind,” said Peck.

Once again, Pasco deputies say there are no known threats. They are simply patrolling school campuses for peace of mind.

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