Although Friday’s tragedy happened more than 800 miles from the Lowcountry, it still hit close to home for many local parents, grandparents and other family members, many of whom took to social media to express their outrage.

Local school districts were quick to distance themselves from the killings.

Charleston County School District issued a statement that said there is “no indication of a threat to any CCSD school or the district. Our security team is monitoring the situation and they are in direct contact with local, state and federal law enforcement authorities.”

Additionally, Berkeley County School District issued a statement that said there was “no direct connection to our school district,” and added, “This horrific act of violence against children and the school community is unexplainable.”

Read more in Saturday’s editions of The Post and Courier.