Ocean City School District issues letter to parents on Sandy Hook massacre

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OCEAN CITY — School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor apprised parents and members of the Ocean City School District community of the safety measures in place in the district, in a letter regarding the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Friday, Dec. 14.

“I think we are all in shock over the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut,” Taylor wrote on Sunday. “Watching the news over the weekend, I listened to a news reporter say that there is one thing in common with all of these school shootings. That commonality is that no one ever thought it would happen at their school.”

On Friday morning, 20-year-old Adam Lanza of Newtown, Conn. fatally shot his mother in their home and then forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School where he shot and killed 20 school children and six faculty members before taking his own life.

The district has posted information on its website, www.oceancityschools.org, on how parents and guardians can talk about the tragedy with their children. The district has also made counselors available.

Taylor notes in the letter the “many, many measures” the district has taken to protect its schools, including security cameras in both the Ocean City Primary and Intermediate schools. Both schools also require visitors to “buzz” the office from outside before being allowed entry. Ocean City High School has security personnel stationed at the front door. The district also conducts a different type of security drill each month.

“Please know that our security measures are in place for the protection of your children.  Therefore, please follow our protocols and reinforce with your child about following these procedures,” Taylor wrote. “Furthermore, we will follow any other safety measures required by the Department of Education or the Ocean City Police Department as a result of this tragedy.”

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