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Atlanta officials release statements after tragedy in Connecticut

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Many Atlanta officials released statements on Friday after the  tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed:

"On behalf of the City of Atlanta, I want to express my deepest sympathy for the children, families, teachers and first responders affected by today's horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut," said Mayor Reed. "As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, I hereby order that the flag of the United States be flown at half-staff at all City of Atlanta public buildings and grounds until sunset, December 18, 2012."

Kasim Reed has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Friday afternoon.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge: 

"We at the Georgia Department of Education grieve with the victims and families of the senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Generally speaking, schools are safe places for students, but these kinds of incidents remind us to always keep school safety at the forefront. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sandy Hook Elementary School community."

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson:

"I am terribly saddened to learn of the shootings today at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the victims and the families affected by this horrendous tragedy."

Quote from Governor Deal per his FB page:

"Sandra and I are parents and grandparents.
We can't begin to imagine the pain of those who have lost family members in the Connecticut school shooting.
We are grieving this senseless tragedy, and we know that our fellow Georgians will join us in offering prayers today for the victims and their families."

Friday afternoon, President Obama wiped away tears as he addressed the nation about the school shooting in Newtown. Watch now.

Fairburn Police Department:
"
We are heartbroken for the victims and their families and can't bear to just sit and watch the tragedy unfold in high definition. We encourage everyone to come out this Monday and turn their heartache into someone's hope through blood donation."

The Fairburn Police Department will hold a Blood Drive with LifeSouth on Dec. 17, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 191 SW Broad St., Fairburn.

The drive will be in honor of the victims of the Connecticut school shooting.

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