Statement from the Clinton Superintendent of Schools on the Newtown Tragedy

"Be assured that your child’s safety is our priority and we work to promote school safety every day."


A message from Jack Cross:

We are saddened by the tragic events that have occurred in Newtown. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire community as they come to grips with the loss of life.

The district administrators and members of each school’s crisis team met to review the district protocols for security and review strategies for addressing tragedy and methods for addressing parents’ and children’s concerns.

Each of our schools will be holding faculty meetings on Monday morning before school to review the security and safety protocols that we have in place, reinforce messages for students and remind staff of the supports in place to assist students.

We have also indentified resources for parents as you may have many questions over the weekend as details unfold about this incident. The links are below:

Talking to Children About Violence

A National Tragedy - Helping Children Cope

While we believe our security protocols provide appropriate levels of security for our students, all our employees are on a heightened level of awareness and we are working with the Clinton Police Department to provide additional support and visibility throughout next week.

Be assured that your child’s safety is our priority and we work to promote school safety every day.


Jack Cross, Superintendent

Clinton Public Schools

joan December 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
What will prevent this from happening anywhere, we need to have classrooms with more brick and less windows also. Not these newly designed schools with all the windows, Anyone could shot their way in if they really wanted to. .
Sheldon Potesak jr. December 16, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I feel we need more secuirty in Clinton Public Schools especially the high school. I graduated in 2010 so I am a recent student. The secuirty was lacking, anyone could easily get into the school at anytime during the day. The main doors are always open throughout the day and you can walk right in without checking in. There are also back doors that are sometimes open or left openend. Needing to be buzzed into Morgan would be a good start but not enough. Also I barely recall doing any lockdown drills in Morgan. Lockdown drills should be going on twice a year not just once. Hopefully the New highschool has better security features. More cameras, buzzard to get in, less windows in classrooms, less window more brick near frontdoor. Also if the Clinton cops were to go to every school (except Morgan since theres resource officer) and do walk arounds once a day that would be a good assest. Whoever wanted to cut the resource oficer at Morgan shame on them! I am sad about what happend and I can only wish we find a way to prevent this from happening again since I do have a 9 year old sister in elementary school.
Concerned December 17, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Let me start out by saying, I grew up in this town, i even attended Joel. I believe it to be an excellent school, the staff and administration do a great job. I now have 2 daughters that attend Joel. Tonight I have a feeling in the pit of my stomach that i have never experienced before, when i think about getting them on the bus tomorrow. The facts are simple as far as how access was gained into that school. Friday we learned that evil knows no bounds, and an extra door and a buzzer with a camera is not going to stop someone with a gun that wants to gain access inside the school. Many people all over the nation have very made valid points of how to "fix" the system, but we all know how that goes. The time for talk is over! We as a town need to sit down immediately and come up with many solutions quickly. We owe it to the memory of the fallen, our children and our faculty that does their best to keep our children safe everyday. I disagree with the fact that our schools have appropriate levels of security. I'm sure Sandy Hook did as well, with a new security system and all. I've already heard of 2 people being arrested for threatening to do the same thing since yesterday. I believe we should have very visible police force at all our schools for this week at least. Also we should look into keeping at least 1 armed police officer at each school until some things are discus and reevaluated. There is no price on our children safety, the time to act is now!
Concerned61 December 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Classrooms without windows? Have you ever spent an entire day with no natural light? Sadly, if a crazed person wants to get into a facility which has a high amount of traffic both entering and exiting, they are going to find a way.
joan December 17, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Concerned61, Who mentioned anything about classrooms with no windows. You"d might as well put the kids in solitary confinement. I for one, and sheldon mentioned fewer windows, but nothing about no windows. From the sounds of the new morgan, it seems like there are windows throughout the whole building with views of the water etc. That sure doesn't sound too secure to me. The building committee had better go back to the drawing board if you ask me. It seems to me, all they want is something elaborate and beautiful. NOT safe. You really don't need all this for a person to learn.


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