December 2012 Connecticut School Shooting Position Statement

Alison Grodzinski Blog Posts, Media/News, Policy Statements 6 Comments

Nine school violence prevention researchers and practitioners nationwide have developed a position statement on the Dec. 14, 2012 Connecticut school shootings that is being disseminated across the U.S. today. This statement is in response to the tragic acts of violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School and updates the School Shootings Position Statement that was disseminated nationally following the tragic school-related shootings of 2006.

Today’s position statement has been endorsed by more than 100 professional organizations representing well over 4 million professionals, such as the American Federation of Teachers, multiple divisions of the American Psychological Association, Child Welfare League of America, Council for Exceptional Children, National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), National Education Association, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, and Mental Health America. Additionally, more than 100 nationally recognized researchers and practitioners have endorsed this statement, including deans of several major university colleges of education and social work.

Nine researchers and practitioners from multiple fields of study who have worked in the area of school safety since the 1980s have prepared this position statement. The driving force behind the statement was to communicate scientifically informed principles and recommendations for practitioners, policymakers and the public at large. The co-authors’ goal is to help build consensus on a course of meaningful action.

The position statement and a complete list of organizations endorsing it is posted here on our website.

Comments 6

  1. I would also like to express my deepest condolences to all the families and loved ones of the victims of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. It was truly a tragic event that sadden our entire nation. We do have a common priority, which is keeping our children safe. If the issues you mentioned in your article require the attention from the community, then I do agree with your four thoughtful approaches. If it will keep our goal more sufficient (keeping our children safe), then as a community we should support the approaches mentioned. I believe your 4 key elements of: Balance, Communication, Connectedness, and Support, along with strengthened attention to mental health needs in the community, will assist all of us in keeping everyone in our community safe. As a nation, we do need to come together and make an effort to address these serious issues that affect us all.

  2. First, I would like to acknowledge the fact that this is one of the sickest things that I have ever heard of. Anybody who has the thoughts of hurting innocent little children does not belong in this world. School is a place where parents should be able to drop their children off at school, and feel safe about leaving them there. This man has ruined this for parents all around the country. Our country, as a whole, needs to agree on one way to address the issues at hand, without causing anymore problems than there already are. In the end, sacrifices need to be made to fix the problem, and allow our country and the communities within to be more safe.

  3. The Connecticut shooting was a tragic incident that affected the lives of many nationwide, even those not involved with the incident at all. The loss of such young, innocent lives devastated all and school safety became a prime focus. At my internship, with word of this incident, all nearby schools under the station’s jurisdiction had to update their school’s Tactical Response Manuals. Normally, these tactical response manuals would be automatically updated, but with the shooting, deputies were required to go to each school personally and obtain all new information to make sure every detail was accurate to better prepare for such incident if needed. School safety should always be a main concern, and updating that kind of important information should be a proactive measure, not a reactive one. As long as key information is obtained, that should be all that matters.

  4. The Newtown, Connecticut homicide that occurred on December 2012 drastically changed the lives of the families who lost their innocent children and teachers who did all they possibly could to protect their students. This touching and horrifying incident opened the eyes of thousands of Americans as well as the President of the United States to rise up and enforce better tactics on safe and healthier futures. Like stated in this article, “By applying public health principles, childhood deaths from infectious diseases and motor vehicle crashes have been vastly reduced.” We can, and must, do the same with gun violence. I also believe that psychopaths should be under extreme supervision, since we have seen the patterns of America’s biggest shootings such as: Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora Theater, and Sandy Hook being victimized by those who suffer from mental illnesses. Something must be done with these individuals who are diagnose to be mentally sick, our country cannot continue to suffer from terrible acts that continue to take the lives of innocent people.

  5. Whenever incidents of this nature happen, there is always a renewed effort to try and prevent this from happening again. Yet, these events still take place. It seems that no incident will ever be enough for policy makers to come together and focus on issues of the community. Not what looks good, or what one side likes or does not like, but what is best for communities, cities, states, and the nation. Like the statement said, it is not so much where the shooting took place, but what was going on prior to the shooting. What did we miss? I think if any measure are to be taken, we need to pay more quality attention to the children while they are sitting in the classrooms. What is one child constantly acting up? Are they just a bad kid? Or is there something else going on underneath. By listening to our kids and finding out their troubles early on, there is great hope in preventing things like this from happening again.

  6. This terrible incident is the most terrible thing I’ve heard of happening in a long time. Killing innocent children for no reason is absolutely terrible. Everyone is now talking about reform and gun control. It’s sad that tragedies need to take place in order for people to want to take action. The sad thing is that as soon as all the commotion dies down people start to stop caring again. It’s the worst for the people who lost someone. They sometimes become uplifted by everyone who talks about changing things for the better in the future but as soon as all the gossip dies down, everyone forgets again.