Kreutzer releases Newtown follow-up letter, addresses Monday’s lockout

Katonah-Lewisboro Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Kreutzer released a letter on Monday afternoon addressing Friday’s tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., and discussing how KLSD is responding and offering services to students, families and staff.

Dr. Kreutzer also talks about Monday morning’s temporary lockout, which was in reaction to a report of a suspicious person in Ridgefield. Shortly before 8 a.m. Monday, Ridgefield police received a report of a person possibly carrying a weapon over his shoulder, but the report was unfounded.

During a lockout, Katonah-Lewisboro restricts access to its buildings, but classes operate as normal.

After Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, KLSD sent this message to parents about talking to their children about the tragedy:

“We are all deeply saddened by the tragic events that took place today at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown Ct. We also recognize that your children may be confused and frightened by the information they see through the media and may look for guidance from the adults in their lives. Attached, please find tips and suggestions on how to help your child to deal with these difficult events. As always, our counseling and mental health staff is available to provide support for your child if needed.”

Patricia K. Bragdon, PhD., LCSW-R
District Mental Health Coordinator –KLSD


Tips for parents and teachers
“While there are no easy answers about these kinds of events, children will want an explanation from parents and teachers. A complete explanation will not be easy, it may not even be possible, but we must try. We must strive for a balance between helping a child feel safe and acknowledging the existence of violence, evil and danger in the world.”

Article from  Parent Magazine:
“Many children will wonder “can this happen at my school” How to respond: “Even if you’re worried about this yourself, there’s no reason to let your kids know that…. Keep your voice very calm and explain that you’re sure his teacher and principal have taken every measure to make sure school is the safest place possible.”
“Older children can handle more information than younger children, and they may need more details in order to satisfy them. But at all ages it is appropriate to inform children what is being done to protect them in their particular school.”

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  • Richard Morrissey

    Kreutzer seems to have plagerized this letter. Why wasn’t he in communication with parents, students and staff since Friday? This letter is piecmealed together from all the other, hard working, honorable local Superintendents who kept the community apprised of events and school related plans. Hindsight can change anyone’s perception of things. Kreutzer is also fond of taking ownership like a megalomaniac. In this letter- he wants it to sound like he single handely moved mountains.

    This letter is 3 and one half days too late.

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