GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office explained why the reunification location was so far away after a deadly school shooting Thursday afternoon.

We previously reported that the school resource officer at Tanglewood Middle School requested emergency backup at 12:23 p.m. after hearing shots were fired.

After arriving on scene, the sheriff’s office said deputies learned that the gunfire was from a 12-year-old student who shot another 12-year-old student in the 700 wing of the school.

Once the school was secured, students were placed on buses and sent to Brookwood Church in Simpsonville.

The church is 15 miles away from the school, which makes for a 27 minute commute.

This commute made many parents and family members questions why the reunification site was so far away.

The sheriff’s office said the main reason was to get students away from any potential danger that may still exist at the scene.

With over 100 deputies responding to the scene, the sheriff’s office said it was best for parents and students to head away from the school so they encounter police road blocks and traffic at the scene.

According to the sheriff’s office and Greenville County School, they have pre-determined sites because their facilities can hold a large group of students, staff and other needed personnel by providing different types of spaces, good access for buses and parent vehicles, the ability to store needed materials and access to the space whenever it’s needed.