GRIFFIN — Police presence at city and county schools increased this week following Tuesday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

An 18-year-old gunman armed with an AR-style rifle shot his grandmother at their home in Uvalde before fatally shooting 19 children and two teachers and injuring several others at an Uvalde elementary school.

“Our hearts are with the City of Uvalde and the families of Robb Elementary School,” the city stated, also noting police presence heightened at all city private schools and daycares.

Griffin Police Chief Mike Yates said Thursday morning that additional Griffin officers are at schools and that there will be an extra presence at high school graduation activities.

Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said law enforcement is being “extra” attentive while county students are on and off campuses.

“We will also have a large presence at both upcoming Griffin High and Spalding High graduation ceremonies,” he said.

Spalding High seniors graduated Thursday evening.

Flags have been ordered to fly at half-staff at all federal and state government buildings and grounds through Saturday.

“Our flags will be half-staff until Saturday, May 28, to honor the victims,” the city stated.

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