At Eugene Christian School in north Eugene, the principal says hearing the news was, at first, just shocking and painful. But then he says he couldn’t help but think about whether his school is doing everything it can to keep children safe.
“The reality is no system or plan is going to prevent someone doing a crazy thing. Best you can do is try to isolate, control and try to shut down a facility or lock down procedure to make it difficult to access the most important part of the school–the children,” said Leo Limoges, Eugene Christian School Principal.
Many local schools have counselors or staff on hand to provide any grief counseling if needed.
Oregon Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton released a statement Friday morning, saying:
“I know I speak for many when I say I am deeply shocked and saddened by this terrible tragedy. It is hard to think about harm coming to any child, let alone the magnitude of what we saw today. As a father, an educator, and a citizen, I grieve for those we lost and for their families, classmates, and teachers. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by this horrible event.
“Tragedies like this make us all understandably concerned about the safety of our own schools and our own students. Nothing is more important than they safety of our students while they are in our care and I know the teachers and administrators in our schools take this responsibility incredibly seriously. I have been in contact with our schools this morning to ensure we are all doing a thorough review of our safety procedures and precautions to make sure we are doing everything humanly possible to keep our kids safe.
“To the students, teachers, and families of Sandy Hook Elementary – we send our deepest sympathies during this terrible time.”