Police, schools and others reflect and respond to Connecticut tragedy

mammothhighschoolMLPD 3-23-10JOINT NEWS RELEASE

MAMMOTH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND MAMMOTH LAKES POLICE DEPARTMENT

December 15, 2012

Like all of you, we are shocked and saddened by the horrific school shootings that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday and the tragic loss of life.  One cannot begin to wonder what goes through a person’s mind that pushes them to the edge to take such violent action on innocent people and in this case, teachers and kindergarten students.  We share in the grief that all our community has for the victims, their families, and the people of Newtown.

This gives us pause and time to reflect on our need to review our own school safety practices.  Mammoth is a small close knit community with open campuses in which we could never fathom an incident similar to this occurring in our own small town.  And yet, the same could be said about Newtown, CT before Friday.  Preliminary reports indicate that the school had sophisticated security and the coordinated response from the first responders was rapid.

This tells us that we all must remain vigilant for the signs of any troubled youth that live in our community.  Our teachers, administrators and school staff pride themselves on building strong working relationships with our students.  We know all of our students by name.  When there are signs of distress in a student’s life we have a number of steps that we can take to provide additional support to that student and their family.

The officers of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department also know many of the students and their families.  They are a resource, not only for the schools, but also for families dealing with troubled youth or simply problems associated with raising children in these times.

Over this weekend the principals, local law enforcement and mental health services will continue to discuss the events that occurred this past Friday and be prepared to offer counseling services to our students and their families as we return to school on Monday morning.  Law enforcement and the schools will be revisiting their school security and response plans in the coming days.

The Mono County Mental Health team is available to provide support for students and families and can be reached at 760-924-1740.

Let’s keep the families of the lost children and the teachers in our thoughts and prayers during the holiday season.

Rich Boccia

Superintendent of Schools

Mammoth Unified School District

Dan Watson

Police Chief

Mammoth Lakes Police Department

 

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Jeremiah's Alter Ego
Jeremiah's Alter Ego
8 years ago

Oh don’t be so ignorant. It’s bad enough we ignore the fact our society promotes and glorifies such activity via video games and movies. Their is no way anybody can convince me that high capacity magazines and SKS are for hunting. So save your breath if that is your argument.… Read more »

Jeremiah's Alter Ego
Jeremiah's Alter Ego
8 years ago

To add to my comments the reals reason why we haven’t had any legislative action in the past is because the NRA, And their influence. They have blood on their hands. I mean the NRA even said those on the terrorist watch list should have a gun. So lets get… Read more »

chip chipperson
chip chipperson
8 years ago

Call of Duty sold 6 million copys.in the first wk it was rerleased….there are millions and millions of law abiding gun owners……so we blame games and guns for Sandy Hook because of 1 person?

Jeremiah's Alter Ego
Jeremiah's Alter Ego
8 years ago

In the wake of such a tragedy how can anybody be behind cuts to the mental health offices when it is happening as we type?. . How can any of us act like there is nothing we can do to take step to help the troubled youth and eliminate the… Read more »

Outaws and guns BS
Outaws and guns BS
8 years ago

Thankfully, we don’t have to listen to any wacky-right tirades re: gun control (especially assaut weapons) such as –
“When guns are outlawed – only outlaws will have guns” BS.
Haven’t we learned our lesson?

Tad Smidgens
Tad Smidgens
8 years ago

why dont wackos like this guy last wk ever attempt to attack police stations?

MARK
MARK
8 years ago
Reply to  Tad Smidgens

They don’t attack police stations for the same reason they don’t attack NRA meetings.

Two many pistol packing people who might shoot back

A culture that promotes violence
A culture that promotes violence
8 years ago
Reply to  Tad Smidgens

When assault weapons are outlawed – only outlaws will have assault weapons.

A culture that promotes violence
A culture that promotes violence
8 years ago

The NRA and its living-in-the-past adherents will force people to leave the city and move to the country where the boys who love guns can play cowboys and indians all is fine.
Not a bad idea … if you can afford it.

Steve K
Steve K
8 years ago

This troll is hungry. Let it starve.

Daris
Daris
8 years ago

How about reversing the courts ruleing and adding God back in teaching our children morality? In God we trust, One nation under God, God bless America, God bless everyone.

familygal
familygal
8 years ago

While this sad incident happened at a school it is not a problem that schools or the police can fix. This is a family problem…..a mother had guns that her son knew about and went to a great extreme to “take”. Was his mother and family aware of his mental… Read more »

SkiJohn
SkiJohn
8 years ago

Exactly, Roy. I’m not sure how more police could stop someone like this. What will stop them is having a safe, locked area for guns that no one can access, on top of reporting and getting help for those who are mentally ill; not teach them how to shoot guns.

Roy
Roy
8 years ago

I watched a interview with a man that has investigated every mass shooting in this country going back to the Texas tower university shooting 45 years ago…He said his investigation revealed that in every incident, the suspect suffered from some type of mental health issues…

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Maybe the good people that have written above are correct . I’m not sure. I don’t like my kids living in fear of idiots or in a place where we have police searching them going into school. But I’m not affraid to say I’m not sure what we can do… Read more »

Chris
Chris
8 years ago

Problem is, they don’t know they’re mentally ill. Someone has to notice it and get them “there”, wherever “there” is.

Nancy Backerman
Nancy Backerman
8 years ago

The news of the shooting brought me to tears – my heart truly breaks for all those people who lost a precious child or loved one. I shudder to think what would happen in an unforeseen, horrible event such as this in our community once the police force is reduced… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
8 years ago

We lost something very precious yesterday, something we can not get back .. there was an article here that generated a lot of comments, about bullying, I’m not sure that that subject is in relation to this .. but from what we have seen from at least one other tragedy… Read more »

jennifer
jennifer
8 years ago

I pray that this never happens in our community. What has our local police department done to prepare for such a thing? I bet their budget is so small they don’t get to train. What a great reason not to cut our cops. How would the city council explain this… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Yesterday was the saddest day I have had in many years. It’s almost insane to even think this could really happen. I know the police would love to prevent these things from happening, but I think our country has to focus more on giving the mentally ill people some place… Read more »