February 15, 2018
MILL VALLEY, CA – Mill Valley City and School District officials announced today their reaction to the shooting that killed 17 and injured numerous students and adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
“This incident is a shock and a tragedy,” Mayor Stephanie Moulton-Peters said. “Our prayers are with the community members of Parkland, Florida today.”
The news of the event, which took place on Wednesday, resonated with many community members, especially those with children in local schools, as well as the education community throughout Marin.
“We are sending love and strength to the school community of Parkland,” Tam High Principal JC Farr said. “We have heard stories of the brave teachers, students and administrators who risked their lives to ensure the students’ safety. We honor them and the first responders who were one scene so quickly to help those in need.”
“It is a terrible reality, but an active shooter situation is a possibility for any school and community,” Interim Police Chief Jacqueline Graf-Reis said, “For this reason, the Mill Valley Police Department trains regularly and works closely with the Mill Valley area School District officials, to coordinate active shooter trainings and drills with allied agencies.”
As a result of the regular training and drills, school officials are familiar with the active shooter response plan and their roles. School leaders and Mill Valley Police Department members will continue to prepare for emergencies well in advance and practice skills they may need to initiate in such a situation.
There will be a candlelight vigil in honor of Parkland victims tonight, February 15 at 6pm at Tam High School.