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Kansas mourns deadly TX school shooting
05/25/2022

(MSC News)--Flags are being flown at half-staff across Kansas, in honor of the 19 children and two adults killed Tuesday in the nation’s latest school shooting.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, on Wednesday, directed that flags be lowered to half-staff immediately, and they will remain flown that way throughout the state until sundown Friday.

Kelly, in a release, says that “Kansas mourns alongside the community of Uvalde, Texas,” the site of Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.

Late Wednesday morning, Brown County Sheriff John Merchant issued a statement regarding the tragedy:


Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the senseless
shooting in Uvalde, Texas yesterday.  This type of tragedy is something
that is so very hard to comprehend as to  why anyone would want to harm
another, especially  small children and teachers who are utterly
defenseless.  We are at the point where we have to be vigilant on providing
protection for our own schools.  Options are being weighed that would
enable a certified  law enforcement officer  to be present in our schools
while in session,  as well as addressing other safety concerns that may
arise.     I have had many citizens express  their valid concerns about the
safety of our children at school,  and it has not fallen on deaf ears.
County Commissioner Rich Lehmkuhl  has contacted city, local, state law
enforcement  as well as   school officials to come up with a plan  to
better protect our school children and staff.  We are at the point where
all entities are coming  together to make sure adequate funding is secured
to provide safety measures for our children.  Children should not to be
afraid of going to school.  We owe students and staff a safe environment
where they can focus on learning.
Please be respectful  while family's and communitys are mourning the loss
of their loved ones.
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