NEWTOWN, CT – People across the country continue to try to make sense of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday, and today we’re learning about the little souls that alleged shooter, Adam Lanza, robbed from humanity.
Two of the 20 families were the first to say their goodbyes today. 6-year-old Jack Pinto, a hardcore New York Giants Fan who may be buried in the jersey of his favorite player, Victor Cruz, and 6-year-old Noah Pozner, who’s described as a kid who liked to figure out how things worked mechanically. Both boys were laid to rest Monday.
Three days after the worst grade-school shooting in American history, parents everywhere, including Houston, had to prepare their students for the first day back at school. Governor Rick Perry reminded every Texas district about the importance of being “…equipped and ready to carry out a strategic plan to secure the safety of students and staff in the event of a threat…” in the wake of the shooting.
While preparations important, police officers from the Houston Independent School District took some time to remind parents and students of what they already do to keep our schools safe. Steps including regular drills, intruder drills and post-drill inspections by a unit within the police department.
Dr. Patricia Weger offered advice to ease concerns of parents and students, suggesting parents do more listening than talking. Enter the conversation non-judgmentally, with a calm face and keep a student’s age in mind when describing what happened in Connecticut.
Because sometimes, the hardest lessons of all are the ones without an explanation!