Wantagh School Officials React to Connecticut Shooting

School officials offer tips to help in talking to children about the tragedy.

School districts across the region are responding to the shooting tragedy in a Connecticut Elementary school with assurances that emergency preparations are in place and up to date.

Acting Superintendent of Schools Maureen Goldberg posted the following letter on the Wantagh School District website:

"Images of this horrific event will continue to fill television screens and Internet postings for the foreseeable future and especially this weekend. Undoubtedly these photos will be upsetting to children of all ages."

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The district's Crisis Intervention Team met Friday and collected several documents to assist parents in speaking to their children about the tragedy.

"Please know that our staff will stand ready to assist the children on Monday as they return to school," continued Goldberg. "Do not hesitate to alert us to any particular issues that you or your children may be experiencing."

Lorraine DeVita December 15, 2012 at 03:45 AM
20 bright beautiful new angels were given their wings today way too soon. ALL SD's across this country need to take proactive steps to reevaluate & improve the restriction of access to our students and schools buildings. A "sign in" desk in the front entry way of school will not surfice nor will it prevent ..... Because even though we assume it "cant happen here" it does happen Somewhere and has too often. And I can safely assume these parents suffering this unimaginable profound heart wrenching life shattering loss never in a million years thoughts it could happen there either.
Lilly Hayden December 15, 2012 at 03:27 PM
I believe that metal detectors should be installed in all school buildings. That is the only way guns will be kept out of the schools. Extra security cameras would also be beneficial.
Kevin B December 15, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Hey, this is an unfortunate incident once again. Discipline starts at home with the parents. The parent here, a former schoolteacher, at that school, possessed the guns used. And metal detectors? Who will monitor them? I suppose we need scanners, too, because every pen. cell phone, loose change, belts (and the kids today need belts since their pants are already down to their knees) will trigger bells and whistles. And what comes after metal detectors and scanners? Strip searches? On elementary school kids? I don't think so. Following suit of the airports will not stop these lunatics, especially when they have their own psychological issues going on, which seems to be the case once again. People knew of his issues and innocent victims and their families and friends now suffer. Condolences to all for their losses.
Paula Kanter December 15, 2012 at 10:05 PM
My heart is breaking for all people affected by this terrible tragedy. The unimaginable has happened. Sending your child to school was always a safe place to be. It's such a sad state of affairs to acknowledge that no where that you go is safe anymore. We've seen this happen in schools, movie theaters, office buildings and post offices. So unbelievably sad and heart breaking for all involved. My condolences go out to all that are suffering.
Lorraine DeVita December 16, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Gun control may help bring some sanity . People kill, people with guns kill a lot of people, there is no need nor excuse for this to ever happen again to anyone anytme anywhere we need to make severe and swift FEDERAL changes in our gun laws if for nothing else to remember these precious lost souls. We cant control the lunatics but we can and need to control their access to guns. How many sensless deaths do we need before we take the steps necessary?


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