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CT Shooting 'Rare and Unusual,' Kinnelon District Says

School district sends message pledging school safety to Kinnelon parents.

The Kinnelon Public Schools district sent a textcaster message to parents Friday afternoon acknowledging and promising parents the district would work to keep Kinnelon students safe.

"We mourn with the students and families in Newtown, CT and can resonate with the extreme anxiety that this type of senseless and violent act can provoke. As horrible as this event is, it was extremely rare and unusual," the district said.

The message continued with a reflection on how the event affects Kinnelon.

"When these tragedies occur we wonder about our own children and community. Please be assured that our schools continue to be a safe and secure with staff well trained in emergency response procedures. We will continue to coordinate our efforts with appropriate local agencies in order to insure a safe and secure educational environment for all members of our school community," the district said.

For parents looking for a way to talk to their children about the shooting or other, similar tragedies, the district has directed parents to the Kinnelon Public Schools website. 

"As with any event that may cause anxiety in our community, we will have cousnelors [sic] available in all of our schools for children and staff that need support in processing the events of this day," the district said.

M. Justicel December 16, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Rare and unusual? Who in the Kinnelon Board of Education is researching the statistics. Since Columbine, there have been countless incidents and tragedies with active shooters murdering hundreds. This is not rare! It was only rare to the location. Lets not give everyone a false sense of security. This district needs to do more like every other district and families should be demanding more from the board of educations and police departments. These tragedies can be stopped and it doesn't begin with gun control!
Parent December 17, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Why didn't you do the research before posting such an inflammatory comment? In 2010 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that about five times as many children die as a result of unintentional injuries rather than homicide and those were mostly traffic crashes, and in terms of the homicides most of them had nothing to do with school shootings. Schools are one of the safest places for kids to be. If you went by the odds alone it would take thousands of years for any individual school to potentially be a victim of a school shooting. I suppose if your intention was to bash the school district for trying to provide appropriate supports to parents and students, why let the facts get in the way?
Michele DeGroot December 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM
This can happen anywhere, for any bizarre reason. I went to the high school 2 weeks ago in the mid-morning and just strolled on in. No buzzer, no locks, no checking in, anyone could walk in,with anything in hand, and do whatever they had in mind. At the time, before this horrendous act in CT, I thought to myself, not too safe.
M. Justicel December 18, 2012 at 01:37 AM
What did I say that was inflammatory? It's the truth! CDC statistics from 2010? Is that supposed to make people feel better knowing what odds we have that this horrific act would not happen anywhere else. I could care less what the CDC has to say. It means nothing to the families who lost 20 innocent children and anyone who has lost a family member in a school shooting. You obviously agree with the security level in schools and must have first hand knowledge that nothing like this could ever take place in our area. Before you agree, read what Michele Degroot wrote below. Two weeks ago walked in the high school unchallenged. If you want to call what I said a bashing, so be it. Unfortunately it happens to be the truth and every district in New Jersey should wake up and realize we are not as safe as we think we are all the time. These incidents can happen at any time and anywhere. Your name says "Parent." If you are a parent you should be worried and again read what Michele Degroot posted. I am a parent and I worry!

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