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SC Supt. of Education: Hug your children a little longer tonight

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais issued a statement Friday afternoon after the horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Dr. Zais was visiting schools in Horry County today when he learned of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

"On behalf of educators throughout South Carolina, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Sandy Hook Elementary," said Zais. "I pray God will give these families comfort in the days and weeks ahead."

"South Carolina educators and school resource officers work hard every day to ensure safe school environments," continued Zais. "Today's tragedy is a reminder that we live in a world that is not free of violence. We must also be mindful of our surroundings and report suspicious activity to school leaders or law enforcement authorities."

"To the parents and guardians of South Carolina: hug your children a little longer when they arrive safe at home from school," said Zais, "And say an extra prayer for the community of Newtown tonight."

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