Parents, students and faculty:
I remember hearing that faith meant believing when common sense tells you otherwise. This is often true. Faith in a greater good or a common understanding, defies us when we hear that twenty kindergarten students and seven adults lost their lives in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Still, we must have Faith. We must believe.
We must acknowledge that bad, unspeakable, unconscionable things can happen to good and innocent people but that GOOD will always triumph. I promise you that our school and all the schools in NYC will work with our Building Response Teams to ensure our collective safety but most importantly our children’s safety.
These acts are dispicable and will never be forgiven or tolerated. Our guidance teams work diligently to ensure our students mental and emotional health and will be conducting group and individual counseling for any students who are suffering the emotional impact of this event. I am proud to be the leader of Ebbets Field Middle School and I ensure you that I will use every resource available to me to ensure our children’s safety. I am responsible for safeguarding the most important resource in the world–your children and my faculty. I take this responsibility very seriously. It is an honor to be entrusted with this task and I am forever humbled.
Please speak to your children about this incident and ensure them that we are in charge and we are ready and able to protect them. Tonight as you count your blessings I know your children’s names will be first on your lips. Tonight, hug your children long and hard and often. Make sure they know the adults in their life will keep them safe and good will always prevail. Join me in wishing the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Peace and Healing. May each of you have a blessed New Year.