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5/25/22: Message from the Superintendent: Texas Tragedy
Dear Auburn School District Families:
As you are aware, there was a mass school shooting yesterday at an elementary school in Texas. This event follows tragic, hateful and racist mass shootings in Buffalo and Orange County. These tragedies are heartbreaking for all of us personally, and for our country. We cannot allow hate. We must get serious as a country about gun safety. I am both outraged and sad, once again.
An incident like the one yesterday also sparks questions about school safety. Student and staff safety is our number one priority. We take measures to keep school safe, including:
- Practicing lockdown drills on a regular basis
- Taking all threats seriously, investigating and taking appropriate actions
- Using Threat Assessment tools for school administrators to use to help evaluate risks
No matter how well we prepare, the best defense we have is people speaking up before an incident occurs. Students, staff and the community are the eyes and ears for law enforcement.
The message I want to give to make sure our students, staff and community gets is if you see something, say something. The district has a Safe Schools 24-hour anonymous tip line. The phone number is 855-790-9375. Anyone can contact this number anonymously to report tips about any topic that impacts student and school safety. Also, connect with kids about what they are seeing on social media, it is our biggest source of information.
Here are some ways you can support yourself and your student during a tragedy like what happened in Texas:
- Adults need to first acknowledge and assess their own response to crisis and stress
- Try to keep routines as normal as possible
- Limit exposure to social media and the news
- Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle
- Listen to kids’ fears and concerns
- Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but there are people who do bad things
- Please remember, schools are a very safe place
Here are some excellent resources that may be helpful:
- Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
- Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting
I know this is difficult. Let’s pull together as a community and support each other.
Dr. Alan Spicciati