Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

December 14, 2012

School administrators discuss Connecticut shooting

Brent Brown
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — In the aftermath of Friday’s deadly shootings at a Connecticut elementary school, local school administrators met to discuss safety issues in Decatur County educational institutions.

For safety reasons, the administrators have chosen not to divulge specific safety measures presently in place at any local schools, nor would they comment on any additional measures that may be implemented in the future.

Greensburg Community Schools Superintendent Tom Hunter said he and other administrators met Friday to discuss the situation, and he noted that if changes are needed, they will be addressed.

According to reports from the Associated Press, a gunman later identified as Adam Lanza, 20, entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. Friday and opened fire, killing 20 children and six school staff members.

Later reports indicated the gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following the massacre. Other details were not known or officially confirmed at press time.

Hunter said most students at Greensburg Elementary School were not aware of the shooting Friday. He called the tragedy a “teachable opportunity” for parents to sit down with their children, explaining the shooting at a level at which each child can understand it.

If children need further counseling, professional counselors in place at all three Greensburg schools will be available to help, Hunter said.

The superintendent said school officials will meet again Monday for more discussion on the matter.

“We’re very cognizant of the tragedy and we’ll do everything we can to protect these children,” said Hunter.

In the meantime, thoughts are with those lost in the Connecticut tragedy.

“Our condolences go out to the families,” said the superintendent. “It’s a tragedy no school, community or parent should ever have to face.”

Greensburg Community Schools Board of Education president Al Moore offered similar comments Friday afternoon.

"Our hearts go out to the parents and teachers who were involved in this tragedy," Moore said.

Moore hoped the tragedy could bring about a discourse involving what actions happen next and said he looks forward to speaking about the matter with fellow school board members.

The fact that the small community in which the shootings took place is not all that dissimilar from the Greensburg community was also at the forefront of Moore's thoughts Friday afternoon.

"It drives home the fact that these kinds of things can happen anywhere," he said. "We need to make sure we're on guard to keep our kids as safe as possible."

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056