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HCSO to increase presence at elementary schools on Monday

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Sgt. Christi Esquinaldo spoke to the media about HCSO's campus security measures on Saturday. Sgt. Christi Esquinaldo spoke to the media about HCSO's campus security measures on Saturday.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Like many Americans the horrific images of Friday's school shooting in Connecticut were too much for Bay area resident Tamara Germain.

The senseless killing of innocent children is incomprehensible.

"My initial was reaction was I started crying," said Germain, who is the mother of an elementary school-aged child.

Early Monday morning her eight-year-old son will be off the playground and back in school. Almost hourly fresh details from Friday's tragic events in Newtown emerge, keeping it fresh in everyone's mind.

"I know this is random," Germain explained. "It's not something that occurs all the time but as a parent, it just makes you wonder could this happen in Tampa?"

In Hillsborough County, law enforcement agencies are taking steps to ease parents' minds as much as possible. On Monday and all next week both uniformed and non-uniformed deputies will be patrolling elementary schools within the agency's jurisdiction. 

While authorities say there haven't been any specific threats deputies want to be pro-active.

"We are 100% committed to ensuring the safety of our students at Hillsborough County Schools," said HCSO Sgt. Christi Esquinaldo on Saturday. "I'm confident that parents should feel safe taking them there."

The extra law enforcement presence is a way of easing the fears of students as well. Wade Wood, who has children in the district, is one of many who very much appreciate the move.

"[It's] probably a good thing for the community," Wood said. "It'll help ease fears or the pain."

HCSO officials say the initiative is a temporary measure.

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