CMS Statement on Tragedy in Broward County

Across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district, our hearts are heavy as we stand with the Broward County community in the wake of yesterday's tragic loss of lives to violence on a school campus yet again. Support and counseling are available to anyone across CMS, in every school, who wishes to talk.

I want students, parents and the community to know that each young person we are blessed to care for within CMS is our priority. Today and everyday their safety and security are our number one goal. To that end, I have asked our team to review all safety procedures and I have asked our police and other local law enforcement agencies to increase their visibility and presence on and around our campuses.

But we have to do more. Our nation, sister communities and local leaders have to do more to both protect the precious lives of all our innocent children and support the emotional, social and mental health of all our students. Even muted cries for help cannot be ignored and we must offer more than someday promises in response. As a district, a state and nation, we must work together to lift up our hopes for children's tomorrows with corresponding action today.

Dr. Clayton Wilcox, Superintendent