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Keystone Oaks Releases Statement on Sandy Hook Shooting

Keystone Oaks Superintendent William Stropkaj issued a statement regarding the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Keystone Oaks School District released a statement Monday regarding the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The following message from district William P. Stropkaj is posted on the Keystone Oaks School District website:


"Dear Parents, Guardians, Community Members, Teachers, and Staff:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and staff of Sandy Hook  Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, who experienced a horrific tragedy on Friday, December 14, 2012. This tragedy truly gives us cause to focus on ensuring that our children are safe in our schools each and every day.

We are all deeply disturbed by this most recent event of school violence and t he District's Administration will be reassessing the safety procedures, security measures, and preventive measures in our schools.

After so much has been in the media regarding this tragedy, it is understandable that our children may have questions or concerns. A resource that you may find useful is "Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers" from the National Association of School Psychologists. We all need to be open to listening to our children talk about their feelings and reactions to this incident; this link will provide some tips for listening to our children."


William P. Stropkaj

A copy of "Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers" is attached to this article as a PDF document.

In addition, district communications director James Cromie said the district has worked diligently to create safe schools and has safety procedures in place for each building. The procedures are constantly being reviewed and refined by  administrators, faculty and staff, and the district conducts regular training with local police, fire and EMS for potential emergency incidents, he said.

Cromie said school police officer Aaron Vanatta serves all five district schools, including Dormont Elementary, Fred L. Aiken Elementary, Myrtle Elementary, Keystone Oaks High School and Keystone Oaks Middle School.

Chartiers Valley School District and Upper St. Clair School District also released statements regarding the incident.

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Gary December 17, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I got an idea for you... Start a training program, and allow qualified teachers to start packing heat.
DSA December 17, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Texas has that idea: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,404721,00.html
Mike Johns December 18, 2012 at 12:58 AM
I know that the Elementary schools have conducted emergency drills for many years and for that I'm thankful. With the training the teacher's have had over the years, I believed we are as prepared as any district can be. I pray we never see a day like they did in Newtown.
Brian CONDON December 18, 2012 at 08:41 PM
rebecca hill December 20, 2012 at 01:44 PM
i think the teachers should have, not exactly weapons, but kinda like an underground escape route. it would be safe and only the teachers and other staff would know where it is. nobody would get hurt. see my point??
Gary December 20, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Ok. How about at least equipping the staff with non-lethal weapons. Then they wouldn't be defenseless. Which by the way seems to always be the target of choice. You never here about some nut with an assult rifle walking into a police station.


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