Statements released by Louisiana officials regarding the tragic shooting on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.:
Louisiana Education Superintendent John White:
"Today's events in Connecticut are unspeakably tragic. There are no words to capture the grief all who know and love the victims must feel. They are also sobering reminders of the fragile nature of life, especially the lives of children. I urge that superintendents, principals, and school boards continue to be vigilant in maintaining crisis management plans and the preparations necessary to implement them."
U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La.:
"We are all heartbroken by the senseless shooting today in Newtown, Connecticut. The magnitude of this tragedy is incomprehensible, with so many innocent lives lost. To the families and community of Sandy Hook Elementary – we share in your grief, and hold you up in our prayers."
Members of the Louisiana Association of Educators express their deepest condolences for the Newtown, Connecticut community after Friday's school shooting tragedy. The following is a statement issued by LAE President Joyce Haynes:
"As members of the education community, we are deeply concerned for everyone in the Newtown, Connecticut community. We join our entire nation in mourning the deaths of innocent children and educators due to violence."
In response to these events, the LAE offers the following link to a useful guide on how to respond before, during, and after a crisis - http://www.neahin.org/blog/school-crisis-resources.html.