School administrators speak out on shooting
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – JH Weekly has obtained reaction on today’s school shooting in Connecticut from TCSD#1 Superintendent Pam Shea. She issued the following statement this afternoon:
“As superintendent of schools of TCSD#1 and a mother, I am deeply saddened by today’s unthinkable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. The tragedy weighs heavily upon us all and our deepest and heart-felt condolences go out to the families and school community.
“It is part of TCSD #1 practices that when school violence occurs elsewhere, we have heightened awareness of everyone’s safety both immediately and into the future. TCSD #1 officials continue to work closely with law enforcement, mental health providers, and school site safety teams.”
Scott Hirschfield, Head of School for the Jackson Community School also issued this statement minutes ago:
“As a Head of School and parent of children in pre-school and elementary school, I have been watching this unfolding horror with utter dismay and shock. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families impacted by this terrible event.
“I made a conscious choice not to discuss this incident with the entire school, as I felt it would be more appropriate for individual families to handle the communication of this event as they see fit. I will most likely address the student body on Monday morning and reemphasize the importance of taking the monthly safety drills we do with the utmost seriousness. In addition, I will talk about the importance of communicating with adults regarding any potential threats that students perceive to themselves or others.
“Please know that we, as a school, prioritize the safety of your child first and foremost. We conduct fire and/or intruder drills on a monthly basis and have a working relationship with local law enforcement officials. We will continue to work to ensure that our emergency procedures are practical, effective, and well-rehearsed.
“I have attached a link to an article that has been circulated among School Heads from our accrediting body and may be of help to you as you attempt to process this incident with your children.”