Westminster, MD, Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Carroll County joins the nation and world in sending its love and support to Uvalde, Texas. As we struggle to comprehend this senseless tragedy, the Carroll County Commissioners, Carroll County Sheriff and Carroll County Public Schools are united in sending this message:

The safety and security of the children in our schools is the highest priority for the county. Carroll County understands the importance of collaboration and partnership and will continue to work together unwaveringly to safeguard the children in our community and in our schools. The County Commissioners,  Sheriff’s Office, Board of Education and Carroll County Public Schools will continue to communicate and collaborate our efforts so all necessary resources are available.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas on Tuesday. We share in the heartbreak we are all feeling for families who have lost a loved one due to this senseless act of violence.  We know that children and teens will process this news in different ways. Counselors are available at each of our school buildings to assist students who may need some extra support,” said Steven Lockard, Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools. “School should and must be a place where students feel completely safe and secure. We are appreciative of our school resource officer program and the collaborative partnership we have with our sheriff's office.  Our administrators and school teams remain vigilant with our security protocols, and we will continue to do all we can to keep our schools safe for everyone.”

Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees said, “My office will remain vigilant by making sure there is an armed deputy or officer at our schools in Carroll County.  We are working with the local police departments and the CCPS school security chief to make certain we address any vulnerabilities to ensure all our schools are protected.”

Ed Rothstein, President of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners said, “There are no words to express how heartsick and sad I feel about this event. The commissioners are committed to providing the best resources to guard our school communities. To the community of Uvalde, may the memories of those lost always be a blessing to their families.”

Carey Gaddis, Carroll County Public Schools, 410-751-3020
Jonathan Light, Carroll County Sheriff's Office, Jonathan Light, (410) 386-5900
Chris Winebrenner, Carroll County Government, 410-386-2043