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Plymouth-Canton Superintendent Responds to Sandy Hook Tragedy

Superintendent Jeremy Hughes: 'We are doing - and will especially be doing next week - everything we can to keep (students) safe.'

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Superintendent Jeremy Hughes sent the following message to families of Plymouth-Canton students in response to the tragic school shootings Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT:

Dear Families of P-CCS students,

I know we are all reeling from the tragic events at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut. I can only imagine the feelings many of our students must have if they are aware of the tragedy that took place. They may be worried and wondering just how safe they are in their school. Please assure them that we are doing - and will especially be doing next week - everything we can to keep them safe. Our staff will be alert to any student who may need support and counseling. For you at home, I am hopeful that the article provided by clicking on the link below will provide you with useful ideas. Please hold the children, staff, and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School in your thoughts and prayers.

"Helping Children Cope With Tragedy" Report to Parents:
http://www.naesp.org/resources/2/Report_to_Parents/2005/rtp11-05.pdf

Jeremy M. Hughes, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools

Wendy Arendts Schultz December 17, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I laid in bed this weekend knowing how easy it is to access the school my kids go to (elem). I can just walk in. I always sign in as they mandate but what if someone walks in and doesn't sign in and takes a right turn instead of left which leads to the office. My husband feels the same way as he brought this up after what happened Friday in Conn. Over the weekend I fantasizing....doing the math in my head figuring out how much it would cost to hire security for a year and how it would be paid for. I'd do it myself if it were allowed just as a possible deterrent. Get some metal detectors....the security guy signs everyone in just like they do at the county building. Then as my mind wandered I realized what an uphill battle this would be and imagined all the red tape and people who would squash the idea with all sorts of legit reasons as to why it's not going to work. So then I just went back to thinking of how helpless we all are. Reply Leave a comment
Angela Nolan December 17, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Central Middle School has locked doors during school hours with a security camera to see who is at the door before people can be "buzzed" in. Once they are in though, they could walk into the school without ever being seen again by the office that let them in. It certainly is ineffective if that person is concealing a weapon or weapons. I know the "Park" has many new cameras and (I believe armed) guards on campus. But like the comments from Wendy above, my 3rd grader's also school doesn't have a locked entrance and it would very easy for a person to walk right in without being seen by the office staff behind closed doors to the left. I spoke to my child on Friday as well as over the weekend about the tragedy. She told me that they have lock down drills at school and about the procedures they practice. I feel the drills are important and obviously very relevant but are somewhat redundant if you aren't using measures to keep armed people OUT of the building to begin with.
Go Canton December 17, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Short of multiple, well trained and well armed guards at each school, stopping this sort of attack is impossible. The doors were locked when the shooter arrived. He used his assault rifle to shoot thru the glass and unlock the doors. If you had a volunteer or a guard not paying strict attention, the shooter would just shoot them first as they walk in. There is no good solution at the school level. It will take a combination of things. WAY better mental health services. We need a place, other than prison, to institutionalize crazy people, hopefully before they go postal, just like they used to do. We need gun control in the form of banning assault weapons and any other way to produce automatic/high capacity weapons discharge. And I would even agree that entertainment desensitizes us to violence. I certainly am desensitized. I would have no issue or qualms about shooting this guy in the face if I had the chance. Also, allowing concealed weapons legally in schools is a great idea. What about requiring each school to have at least one employee be armed? Its not like these mass shootings ever are attributed to the concealed weapon guy. It may not prevent these situations but it could end them much quicker, saving lives.
DeeDee December 19, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I don't see how schools could allow teachers to have guns. I can't imagine the liability and the negative posibilities. Having a gun accessible for a quick emergency would have to be available quickly. This would pose a lot of liabilities for the schools due to the fact that the gun could be taken be someone else, etc. I think the idea of having guns in schools in ridiculous. We need to do more to prevent the ability of a deranged individual to commit mass murder. Keep the school a place of love and fun. The muderer is on a suicide mission and doesn't care what weapons he might face. He chose a battlefield type weapon and devastating bullets because he knew he could kill a large amount of people.I hope our politicians actually work on a meaningful solution instead of the same old nonsense. I don't understand the argument that people have the right to own a battlefield type weapon and tons of bullets designed to stop humans. What about my family's right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without worrying about a mass murderer in the mall, school, stadium, etc. This is just plain silly.
Gallimore Parent December 20, 2012 at 06:37 AM
I find it interesting that my kids' Principal at Gallimore Elememtary, Kimberly May, sent a letter to school parents hours before the Superintendent, that Dr. Hughes seems to have plagiarized. I think we should expect more from our district administrators. The ORIGINAL letter is included below: Dear Gallimore Families, I am sending this communication to provide families with a resource to speak with your children about the tragic events that occurred today at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. I can only imagine the fear many of our students must have if they are aware of the tragedy that took place. I am hopeful that the article provided by clicking on the link below provides you with useful tips for talking with your child. Please hold the children, staff, and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School in your thoughts and prayers. "Helping Children Cope With Tragedy" Report to Parents: http://www.naesp.org/resources/2/Report_to_Parents/2005/rtp11-05.pdf

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