Mamaroneck School District Responds to Tragedy at CT School

Dr. Robert Shaps, superintendent in the Mamaroneck School District, sent a letter to parents today in response to the incident at Sandy Hook School.


The letter below was submitted by Dr. Robert Shaps, Mamaroneck School superintendent, in response to today's shooting incident in CT.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are deeply saddened by the incident that took place today at the
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  Our hearts go out to all
of the families and community members affected by this terrible tragedy.

Talking to our children about this kind of horrific act is difficult,
but they should know that the adults in their lives are always most
concerned with doing everything possible to protect them and keep them
safe.  Click here for tips from the National Association of School
Psychologists on talking to children about their fears and helping them
to feel secure during these times of crisis.

When a tragedy strikes - and in this case so close to home - it's
important to reflect on the measures we are taking in our own district
and how we would potentially respond in a crisis.  Our safety team meets
regularly to review safety policies and procedures, and the process is

Please pay close attention to any concerns that your children express,
and,  as always, our counseling staff is available to provide support
for your child if needed.


Dr. Robert I. Shaps
Superintendent of Schools

Jonathan Sacks December 15, 2012 at 02:44 PM
This tragedy is the ultimate insult to society. If we can fall to such low levels that we can kill the innocents, the only ones that can make this planet a better place for all of us, we have fallen below the threshold of savagery. We will ultimately find out there were warning signs. That people around this sick and troubled person knew about his intentions, but could not believe he would act. We must learn to recognize the signs of the troubled in order to help them and to protect those around us. These threats will not go away, passing laws will not work. Only a thoughtful society that shows caring, compassion and provides real help for the troubled will reduce the risk. For those affected, it will never go away. We can only hope as the days and years go by that the pain abates. My prayers and condolences go out to everyone affected by this horrific event. Jonathan Sacks


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