Governor Jay Nixon issued the following statement regarding the incident connected to the Southern Boone County School:
??Our educators and law enforcement officials are dedicated to keeping the children of Missouri safe. This event reminds us of the vital nature of that responsibility. Tragic events of this nature demonstrate the serious manner in which these responsibilities should be carried out. The state of Missouri has made, and will continue to make, law enforcement and other resources available as necessary.??
Out of respect for the situation in this neighboring school district, Nixon's visit to Fairview Elementary School in the Columbia School District that had been scheduled for this afternoon has been canceled and will be re-scheduled for a later date.