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Bedford Central reacts to Sandy Hook shooting


By NATALIA BAAGE-LORD


Last week marked what is believed to be the second-deadliest school shooting in America’s history. Parents and staff in the Bedford Central School District shared their thoughts about the Connecticut shooting.

“Children are just remarkable,” district superintendent Jere Hochman wrote in a community-wide email. “They are resilient and sensitive. They are strong and caring. The past few days after the tragedy in Connecticut have been trying for all. The greatest challenge for us all in these situations is being honest and facing the sad realities of the day without instilling fear and anxiety.”

On the morning of Friday, Dec. 14, an unidentified boy, later confirmed to be Adam Lanza, aged 20, killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Twenty of the slain were first-grade students. Earlier that morning, Lanza had also killed his mother in their home. He later took his own life.

“We all come to school every day, believing that everything is going to be fine,” said Fox Lane High School principal Joel Adelberg. “This was a tough weekend, and these are going to be tough days. We are reading these stories and watching these reports. It certainly makes everybody feel more vulnerable. When something like this happens, it makes every school stop and realize the need for community.”

The Bedford Central School District observed a moment of silence for those who were killed. Principals and teachers also reviewed security options. Students were encouraged to report suspicious behavior by their peers and others on campus, as well as reach out to a counselor if they are concerned about a friend. Another rule that Dr. Adelberg stressed was that all doors should remain shut, and no door should be propped open.

“All of us, everybody in the school, has been thinking about this all weekend, no matter where you are all over the country,” he said. “We are trying to find the words to figure out what is age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate for our students. Some kids want to talk about it, and some kids want to get back to normalcy and do math work.”

In his email to the community, Dr. Hochman noted that some of the younger students might not know that anything happened, while some might understand that children like them died. The older students might know all of the details.

“Regardless,” he said, “we know what children and adults need to hear is that, ‘You are safe here, everyone here will take care of all children, and everyone will continue to take care of each other.’”

Deborah McDermott, a parent of two children at Pound Ridge Elementary School, said that no one can really properly express the correct emotions about the tragedy in Newtown. Some are slightly comforted by the strength of the victims’ parents, while others feel susceptible and defenseless.

“As is all too often the case in this country, these unfathomable events leave us thinking if it could happen there, it could happen here,” Ms. McDermott said.

Since moving to the Bedford Central School District four years ago, Ms. McDermott said she has been asking for more security at Pound Ridge Elementary School. However, her quest was not always supported. A fellow parent once thought she was “crazy” for focusing on the issue.

“I feared a day like this would come,” Ms. McDermott said. “And there has never been a time that I wish I had been more wrong. We must learn from this, and do better. There are 26 all too precious and important reasons not to.”

The district’s currently proposed capital plan calls for an upgrade of several schools’ security systems at front entrances, which will, ultimately, beef up safety measures on campus.

Dr. Adelberg added that one of his teachers lives in Newtown, so the school is witnessing firsthand how for some the shooting hits close to home.

One week after the shooting occurred, the Bedford Central School District hosted two safety information sessions at which parents and students spoke with Dr. Hochman, addressing any issues or concerns they had about dealing with school security.

On Monday, Dec. 17, the Katonah-Lewisboro School District was placed on “lockdown” after police in neighboring Ridgefield, Conn., received an unconfirmed report that a suspicious man at a nearby train station was seen carrying a rifle. The local school district was also placed on lockdown, meaning that no unauthorized person was allowed to enter or leave any of the buildings.

The lockdown was lifted midday after Ridgefield police and their tactical team located the man. Police said that he was dressed all in black, sporting a ski cap, and a face mask that looked like a beard, and carried an umbrella that had the outward appearance of a samurai sword.


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