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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Multiple Kentucky school officials released statements in regards to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that claimed the lives of at least 18 children and two adults.

Demetris Liggins, superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS), emailed families in the district expressing condolences to the affected Texas residents during their time of grief.

“Like you, I am troubled and saddened by the news coming out of Uvalde, Texas this afternoon about a deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School that took the lives of 18 children and their teacher. Our hearts go out to all of those personally touched by this atrocity, even as we hug our own children a little tighter this evening,” said Liggins.

FCPS’s last day of school on Wednesday is a time to celebrate the successes of another year, but Liggins asked parents to be understanding about district procedures in lieu of the tragedy.

“Tomorrow is the last day of school in FCPS and many of our campuses have planned celebrations and special events. Please be patient and understand that we must still be vigilant about following all district procedures regarding locked doors, building access, and supervision,” Liggins stated.

Liggins also highlighted how the Fayette County school system is lucky to have a community that has supported its investments.

“In the past four years, our district has hired nearly 100 additional nurses and mental health professionals, built secure vestibules on every campus, added door alarms to all exterior doors, upgraded building security features, and doubled the number of police officers serving our schools,” Liggins said.

FCPS shared recourses at the disposal of parents and caregivers of children including on their district website. This includes emotional support, self-care resources, and a link to submit a request for support from school teams.

FOX 56 also reached out to Ben Wilcox, Kentucky state school security marshal, his statement said the following:

“My entire family attends and works in Kentucky’s school system, and I can’t imagine them not returning at the end of the day. My office takes it personally when we say we are dedicated to protecting and serving our school system by offering training and resources that help to create a safe learning environment,” said Wilcox.

Gov. Andy Beshear requested all flags to be half-staff until May 29 in remembrance of the lives lost.

“As a parent, it’s hard to comprehend the devastating loss in Texas today. This senseless act of violence is unacceptable and should be condemned. These were all children of God, gone too soon. Kentucky stands with all those mourning and we hold them close in prayer,” Beshear said in a statement.