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'I Am Heartbroken,' Wyckoff Superintendent Responds to Newtown School Shooting

Twenty children were killed Friday in Newtown, Conn., authorities there said.

Wyckoff Public Schools Superintendent Richard Kuder sent the following letter to township parents following the , on Friday morning: 

Dear Parents,

There are no words to describe the horrific event that took place in Newtown, Connecticut.  As a parent,  each time I think about the senseless, savage violence we heard about today and the death of all of those  innocent lives, I am heartbroken.  Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the all of the families whose lives have been forever changed by the death of these young ones, and the death of the teaching and staff members of Sandy Hook. 

Over the weekend, you will no doubt have a chance and a need to talk with your own children about what happened in Newtown.  While your very youngest children may not even recognize that anything has happened, your children above the age of seven most likely will. If you need some talking points to 

start this discussion with your child(ren), I have listed two references for your consideration at the end of this letter. On Monday, our counselors will be available for your children if the need arises. 

Naturally, we also think about the safety and well being of the children and teachers and staff in the Wyckoff Schools. While the district and each of its schools have clear, articulated crisis plans which are used to guide practice drills each month, on Monday, the district administration will review our plans, safety protocols and procedures to ensure that we are providing the safest environment possible for everyone while at school.  

The safety of our students, teachers an staff is our first priority. We appreciate your support and cooperation in this endeavor.

Sincerely,
Richard D. Kuder
Superintendent of Schools

Crisis Management Institute - http://www.cmionline.com/current-events

Helping Your Children – APA- http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/aftermath.aspx

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