Local officials react to Newtown shootings
Friday's tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook ES in Newtown, Conn., will leave an emotional scar on our country and permanent hole in the hearts of the families of that small community.
Dr. Joseph Roy, Bethlehem superintendent of schools, said in an email he was outraged and saddened by the event. He left a lengthy message on the district website. "In the aftermath of the tragic shootings in Connecticut, our principals and teachers will continue to focus on the daily details of assuring secure buildings. I want to assure our students and parents that security is a top concern for our district. Our schools have controlled access to the building and emergency lockdown plans.
"Additionally, I spoke with local law enforcement partners this weekend regarding continued coordination of our efforts.
"It is also important to monitor the emotional security of our children. Our teachers will be alert to any signs that children are experiencing anxiety as a result of the events in Connecticut. If you have concerns for your child, please follow up with your principal or guidance counselor. We must work together to help our children through this difficult time."
Other local and state officials have added their reactions.
Sen. Bob Casey: "I am deeply saddened by the senseless tragedy in Connecticut today. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and the entire Newtown community."
Northampton County Executive John Stoffa: "So many lives have been changed in an instant; so many broken hearts that will never mend; how can not everyone feel this pain?"
Hanover Township Manager Jay Finnigan: "The tragic events in Newtown are impossible to comprehend. My sympathies go out to the families of the deceased, the community, the responders and those dealing with the investigation. An event like Newtown is why it is imperative to plan and train should something as tragic occur in one of our communities. May the deceased rest in peace."
Bethlehem Township Board of Commissioners President Paul Weiss: "It is devastating. Words cannot express it. As a guy whose wife teaches third grade, we talked about it. She asked, 'What do I say to the kids on Monday when they ask me about it?'"
Northampton County Councilman Ken Kraft: "It is hard to put in words the loss those people are feeling. I would only hope that we can avoid this kind of senseless behavior in the future."
Congressman Charlie Dent: "The horrific violence perpetrated in Newtown leaves us all shocked and devastated. To the children, parents, first-responders and and people of Newtown - please know that you are in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers."
Northampton County Council President John Cusick: "I cannot begin to imagine the horror and suffering taking place in that school communit., My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families in this senseless tragedy."
Bethlehem City Councilman J. William Reynolds: "We all have broken hearts following the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown. These children and teachers will be in our hearts and prayers as we all try to recover from this terrible loss to the American community."