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T/E Schools: Special Statement on CT Massacre

The Tredyffrin-Easttown School District is taking steps to help ease the fears and concerns of students.

Monday will be the first school day since the news broke on Friday about the school shooting massacre in Connecticut. It will also be the first time most students will be in class since learning about the attacks.

Over the weekend, the Tredyffrin Easttown School District issued the following special statement about the shooting and special services that will be avialble to students on Monday.

Special Statement Regarding Tragedy in Connecticut

The Tredyffrin/Easttown School District expresses its sorrow for all those affected by Friday's tragedy in Connecticut. The TESD community continues its commitment to student safety and our students’ needs. The District’s schools will implement its response plan to this national tragedy. On Monday, counselors will be available to students should they have needs in processing the events of this tragedy.

The National Mental Health Association has a number of suggestions and Quick Tips for Parents on how to talk to children about tragic events. These suggestions can be found by using the link below. It is important to reassure children that the adults in their lives are doing all they can to make their environment safe for them.

Such tragic events strike the core of the entire community, and the T/E School District will continue to support our students.

National Mental Health Association: Helping Children Cope with Tragedy Related Anxiety

M Brigg December 17, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Bob - see my comments earlier but these security experts are overlooking the obvious: 1) $5,000 or $10,000 per school could cover stronger locks and stronger glass that at a minimim would slow an attacker down. It will be interesting to see how strong the security door really was that the CT attacker shot his way through. Can a determined attacker still fight or shoot their way in - of course!! But the idea is to slow them down. Thankfully police departments now generally enter the school immediately upon arrival in the case of a reported shooting instead of "securing the perimiter" and waiting for a swat team. Why can't classroom doors be locked when classes are in session. Is that too much "common sense " for the security experts you talk to? Again, a determined attacker can try to shot their way in but , again, this would slow them down. And finally , why can't teachers have pepper spray on a belt clip? I have hornet spray that shoots 20 feet, even a can of that in an attackers face would slow or stop them. I am afraid that all the administrators and security experts will end up telling up how we can't protect our kids instead on using a few "common sense " ideas. I would love to hear what your "experts" think of these thoughts.
M Brigg December 17, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Do you rely on a security expect to tell you to lock your house at night or lock your car in a parking lot? COMMON SENSE PEOPLE - LOCK THE CLASSROOM DOORS! you can potificate all you want about "we have to restrict gun ownership", "we have to have better mental health treatment" , we have to have better parenting" - maybe in 10 years you'll be right and these things will change. But why can't we do the simple things NOW.
Bob Byrne December 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM
M- No one, including me is saying common sense security should be ignored. In fact the police and schools in T/E all take that approach with restricted access to the buildings. I merely was trying to say that - in addition to those increased security measures- the comment I heard is that even with all common sense security in place nothing is fail safe, as proven by the gunman in Newtown CT. I'm not advocating any one position over another and neither were the people I've been talking to. None spoke on the topic of mental health for attribution because it is a hot button issue and they merely wanted to point out the need to take many many factors that include but go even further than literal building security when It was more a point of saying that these are things the people I spoke with off the record this morning would like to see included as part of the national dialogue moving forward.
Pat Campbell December 18, 2012 at 04:02 AM
M -- many of your suggestions are already initiatives throughout the US. And locking your door and your car door are nothing more than a false sense of security. Life is dangerous It is not a panacea to be sure, but the fact is that 200+ million kids go to school in the US. The death of any child is criminal and tragic, but schools are NOT unsafe. Check out this link to an article outlining a dozen "mass shootings" in 2012 that did not relate to gang violence. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57559329-504083/mass-shootings-in-2012-crimesider-reports-on-this-years-public-shootings/ Schools, bars, movie theaters, malls, spas, office buildings, ....we just remember it more clearly when we see the faces of children . Common sense tells me that we need to start treating gun ownership with the same public attitudes as smoking. Somehow we have changed the culture (for now anyway) and have reduced our tolerance of smoking. WHen you know neighbors who own guns, call them on it. Ask them why and ask how securely they are maintained. Under lock and key in a home with children is a joke. Who are you protecting with firearms locked away in an attic or basement? And lock and key is a temptation to any teenager. One fact research will disclose: all these mass murder shooters are MALE. Surely we have to see something that makes that a distinguishing fact.
Joann mayo December 19, 2012 at 01:44 PM
The schools do need to be locked! Having a plan for emergencies is great but the key is having time to carry it out. Slowing someone down will give teachers the time needed to implement those plans. Leaving doors open so someone can walk in unimpeded leaves no time to carry out emergency plans.

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