Superintendent Issues Message to Parents Regarding Connecticut School Shooting

Dr. Patrick O'Toole sent the e-alert out Friday afternoon.

As people around the country try to make sense of the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut, Upper St. Clair Superintendent Patrick O'Toole sent out an e-alert Friday afternoon to parents and the community:

Dear Parents and Community Members,

We are all deeply saddened by today's tragic event in Newtown, Connecticut. The USC District staff did not formally present this news to students. 

We will struggle to explain such a senseless tragedy to our children.  To offer some assistance, I am sending to you the following document from the National Association of School Psychologists, "Talking to Children About Violence:  Tips for Parents and Teachers."

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

As we learn more information about this tragic event, we will be making plans for our students' return to school on Monday.


Patrick T. O'Toole, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools


Share your thoughts and feelings about the elementary school shooting in Connecticut in the comments below. How can we prevent it from ever happening in our area?

Dan Laurent December 14, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I hope this horrific tragedy today will encourage school districts everywhere to review existing security measures, including those at our USC schools. Perhaps we need better security at our entrances as well in light of how easily this shooter accessed the building.


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