Public schools in Stafford County, Va. increase security following Florida shooting

(Photo, Stafford County Sheriff's Office)

Stafford County Public Schools say they have increased security at their buildings in the wake of Wednesday's deadly high school shooting in Florida.

School officials announced Thursday that the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office is sending extra deputies to their buildings.

"Please be assured there is no threat to the school division; however, deputies will have a presence at the schools," school officials said in a statement. "The safety and welfare of students and staff is a top priority for SCPS."

This comes after Nikolas Cruz, 19, was charged with multiple counts of premeditated murder in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and multiple others injured. It was the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the families in south Florida and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School," officials say.

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