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Aug 6, 2019 2:50 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Springs School Superintendent Addresses Shootings In Email To Parents

Aug 6, 2019 3:31 PM

In the wake of three shootings nationally over a handful of days that left 34 people dead and dozens injured, local school districts are striving to ensure safety and support for their students.

Springs School Superintendent Debra Winter sent an email to parents on Tuesday morning, saying that the events have left many “struggling with horror and a sense of hopelessness,” and that it is not surprising that children have reported being afraid.

“We can’t protect our children from knowing about these tragic events, but we can limit their exposure to the news. It’s hard enough as an adult to make sense of these events,” Ms. Winter said in her email. “We can help our children to cope in the healthiest possible way.”

Ms. Winter sent out a link to childmind.org as a place where parents can find advice about how to help children cope. The Child Mind Institute offers guidelines for talking to children of different ages about upsetting news.

According to the website, making a child feel safe is one of the most important tasks, and it offers tips on how to do that.

Ms. Winter urged parents to reach out to the school if they feel their children have been affected by news of the shootings. “Please know that Springs School is working very hard to keep your children safe when they arrive at school,” she said.

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