Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut may have happened on the other side of the country, but emergency and school officials here in Los Alamos seemed to know right away that the event hit too close to home for some residents, especially those with children.
On Monday, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt issued two statements, one to his staff and one to the community at large, about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
His staff memo emphasized how important it is to be in touch with what the students may be feeling about the event, which due its horrific nature and death toll, was a large part of the 24-hour-a-day news cycle all weekend.
“It’s very likely that over the course of the day, students will look to adults for support and comfort in their efforts to understand why events like this happen,” Schmidt said in his statement. He also urged staff members to give him a call.
“Know that I care for each and every one of you,” he said in the statement. “As such, take care of yourselves. If this tragedy strikes you hard, I encourage you to talk with a friend, school counselor or give me a call.”
Schmidt’s second statement was mainly directed to parents as well as the community-at-large.