School districts across the country, including L'Anse Creuse Public Schools, are reviewing their security policies this week in the wake of the tragic shooting at a Newtown, CT, elementary school Friday.
“There are no words to express the heartbreak coming from the tragic shooting today at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut," wrote LCPS Superintendent Jackie Johnston wrote on the district's Facebook page. "Though it is far away from our neighborhoods there is no doubt each one of us is filled with despair while the nation morns this dreadful incident."
In a letter to parents Friday, Johnston reiterated these thoughts and assured parents that the district's own security procedures will continue to be practiced and refined for the safety of all L'Anse Creuse students, faculty and staff.
"I would like to assure you that your children's safety is our number one priority," Johnston writes. "As our number one priority the district upholds rigorous safety procedures that are reviewed regularly. In addition there are multiple safety drills in place for each school that are practiced throughout the school year."
Johnston encourages parents to review tips from the International Center to Heal Our Children (ICHOC) for help addressing this tragedy with children at home.
At approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday, a man – whose identity police have yet to confirm – entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children.
Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance later confirmed the death of the gunman and one other adult victim at a "secondary scene" in Connecticut during a press conference Friday, according to Newtown Patch.
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In Michigan, the House and Senate passed legislation this week that would allow gun owners with concealed weapon permits to carry a gun into schools, daycares, hospitals or public arenas if they get extra training. The bill is awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder's signature, according to MLive.
However, Snyder told Local 4 Friday that he plans to take a week to review the bill given the recent tragedy.