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      CCSD responds to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary

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      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- As the tragic events in Newtown, Conn., unfold, many look to their own children and how schools here in the Lowcountry keep them safe.

      In a statement from the Charleston County School District, spokesperson Jason Sakran says it all comes down to priorities and procedure.

      The statement read:

      "School security and the safety of our students is always a top priority of CCSD. At the beginning of each school year, our principals and building staff review safety and crisis protocol procedures. Today's tragic school shooting in Connecticut underscores the importance of having clear, district-wide safety procedures in place. At this time, there is no indication of a threat to any CCSD school or the school district. Our security team is monitoring the situation and they are in direct contact with local, state and federal law enforcement authorities. Our district crisis team -- consisting of district guidance counselors and other mental health professionals -- is ready to mobilize at a moments notice."

      To see the CCSD Emergency Procedure Plan in full, click here.

      Newtown police say 27 people were killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, including the gunman, and one person died at another scene. The dead at the school include 20children.

      The attack comes less than two weeks before Christmas and appears to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.

      *The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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