Stamford Schools Ready To Help Kids Deal With Shooting

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STAMFORD, Conn. — School personnel in Stamford will be available to provide support and help for children with anxiety or concern following the shooting that took place in Newtown, a statement from Superintendent Dr. Winifred Hamilton said.

Hamilton suggested that parents keep their children away from the news, teach children themselves about the shooting, tell them they are safe, and to reassure them that the person responsible will not do this again.

“Going forward, we will continue to work with individual schools, city and government officials to refine our security strategies,” Hamilton said in the statement. The public schools will be sending out more information about specific safety measures and social and emotional resources available in the district and the community, she added.

The statement added that the district has evacuation and lock-down plans and practices them so staff and students know what to do in emergency situations.  There are also school resource officers and security guards in the high schools, the statement said.

“I want to assure you that we take every measure to ensure our buildings are safe and secure,” the superintendent said.

For parents looking for assistance in dealing with the shooting with their children, the statement suggested the following resources: Kids In Crisis, Family Centers, Child Guidance Center of Southwestern Connecticut, the American Psychological Association, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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