Commissioner Cassellius on Newtown tragedy: ‘Nothing is worse than when our confidence is shaken’

Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius released the following statement regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting in Connecticut:

“Today, innocent children and educators lost their lives in an unspeakable tragedy. When we send our children to school, we expect they will be safe and secure. Nothing is worse than when our confidence is shaken and the safety of a child is put into question. Our hearts go out to the Newtown community as they begin the long process of healing in the days, weeks and months to come.”

Commissioner Cassellius also provided the following communication to all Minnesota Superintendents and Principals:

“Superintendents and Principals,

Today we are faced with a senseless act of violence. I would like to offer my deepest condolences to those in Connecticut. My heart goes out to them as they deal with this difficult situation in the coming days, weeks and months. I ask you to keep them in your prayers.

It is without a doubt that moments like this bring fear and questions. Whether it’s questions from students about whether their school is safe, questions from parents and the community about a school’s safety protocols and questions from staff about their role in an emergency situation. Use this time to take another good look at the safety protocols that have been developed in your district and ensure all staff and volunteers fully understand the practices and procedures needed in the event you find yourself in an emergency situation. It is important that everyone feels comfortable and safe and ready to handle any potential crisis.

Thank you for all that you do for Minnesota students,

Brenda Cassellius, Education Commissioner”

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