The news surrounding the tragic shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut earlier today is shocking. Please join me in keeping the victims and their families in our thoughts and prayers. These violent acts are becoming way too common in our society and we must find a way to stop them from happening.
Children are very sensitive to adult reactions when these types of incidents occur. My experience is that adults should approach discussing school violence in an age-appropriate way with their children. It is important that children are encouraged (not compelled) to express concerns they may have. It is also important for children to be reminded that we spend significant time and energy keeping our schools among the safest of places to be.
The Red Hook Central School District has a variety of resources available to support our students and their families in difficult times. Please contact my office if you need any assistance.
Paul Finch, Superintendent