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School system responds to Sandy Hook ES tragedy
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School system responds to Sandy Hook ES tragedy

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fayette County Public School System released a statement in the wake of last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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In the note, which can be read here, the school system explains that it "is deeply saddened" by the massacre and "mourns for the families and community of Newtown, Connecticut."

It outlines the measures that the system has taken to ensure the safety of all students and teachers.

"Our school system was the first in Georgia to create an emergency preparedness plan following the events of Columbine," the letter reads. "The plan covers any potential emergency that might happen, including an intrusion."

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ESPLOST funds are also being used to provide the system with more safety measures, according to the letter.

Twenty students and six adults were killed Dec. 14 when 20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary. Lanza also killed his mother Nancy at their Connecticut home. When police closed in on the school, he turned the gun on himself.

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