Dec 14, 2012 6:32 PM by Q2 News
BILLINGS- The Superintendent of School District 2 in Billings, Terry Bouck, offered his thoughts on the tragedy in Connecticut today through a statement released shortly before school was dismissed on Friday.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students, families and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary due to the horrible tragedy and senseless loss of life. As educational professionals, the safety of our students and school community is always at the forefront of our effort. Safety is our paramount concern and focus in the Billings Public Schools.
I know that all of our schools have extensive and thorough crisis response plans that address a full range of emergency situations. Each individual school has practiced and is prepared to handle these crisis situations.
Our district and schools are vigilant in their effort to keep students and staff safe. We will encourage our schools to review crisis plans in light of this tragedy, as well as to reinforce security and campus visitor procedures. As a part of this effort, we will reach out to our families and school communities to build a greater awareness and knowledge regarding these plans.
I hope that our preparedness is a source of reassurance to our students and families. As always, I welcome your questions and input."
When Q2 sat down with Bouck Friday afternoon, the superintendent reaffirmed his faith in school district crisis procedures, but said that the problem of school violence was much larger than safety on a local level.
"They've gotten closer and closer together ever since Columbine," said Bouck. "And, as a nation, we need to work together on this. Not in opposition. You know, we all value our kids. And it is unacceptable for a tragedy to happen when one child is taken, let alone twenty."
Bouck told Q2 the school district had put up several links to resources on its website in a special section dedicated to the tragedy in Connecticut.
One of the links in particular details how you should approach talking to your children about the tragedy.
You can see the school district webstie by clicking here.