Monday, December 17, 2012
A national expert offers advice to parents who are trying to explain Friday's events to their children.
How do you talk with your children about the Sandy Hook school shooting without traumatizing or frightening them? That's the question parents are sure to be asking themselves and one another in the wake of Friday's tragedy. What do you tell them? How much detail to you tell them? How do you help them make sense of what they may already have heard from friends or on television, or read via social media? Lauren Hutchinson, MA, LMFT, is a nationally-recognized child and family therapist and parenting coach with a practice in Bellevue, WA. She says the first step is for parents is to “turn off the TV”. “We don’t want to have the TV playing in the background all the time. It isn’t helpful and the news is traumatizing for kids to watch.” …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Special Response Team made up of the Pointes and Harper Woods police officers are trained in school 'lockdown' procedures.
Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Office issued a Nixle Alert yesterday in response to the tragic Connecticut school shooting to assure Grosse Pointe Public School students and their families of the security measures that would be taken in the event that a similar situation should happen in Grosse Pointe Woods. "As you know we have a Special Response Team composed of officers from the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods. Annually, each department participates in school lockdown procedure training and training for what is termed as an “active shooter” situation," Public Safety Director Andrew Pazuchowski explained in the Nixle report. Pazuchowski said that in the event a report of a shooting in a school, responding officers would enter as a …
Friday, December 14, 2012
On Friday, a gunman killed at least 27 at a school in Newtown, CT. Meanwhile in Michigan, Gov. Snyder has a bill on his desk that would allow some concealed guns in schools. What do you think?
Should Michigan's governor sign a bill on is desk that would allow concealed weapons in former no-gun zones, like schools? The question is timely for two reasons: Grosse Pointe Public Schools Board President Judy Gafa posted this comment on a social media site, "Thoughts and prayers to the families in Connecticut who are dealing with a nightmare right now. Governor Snyder has a bill sitting on his desk waitin (sic) to be signed that will allow guns in schools. I believe the district can opt out, but this is a bad law please call and tell him to VETO the bill!" What do you think of the legislation? Should the governor sign it? Answer our poll and tell us in comments.
Grosse Pointe Public Schools Superintendent says safety of Grosse Pointe students is his first priority.
This afternoon Dr. Tom Harwood, Superintendent of Grosse Pointe Public Schools, posted a letter on the district's website addressing parents of students and the concerns that many have about school safety in the wake of the tragic shooting at a Connecticut elementary school today. Here is the letter in its entirety: December 14, 2012 RE: The safety of our students is our first priority To the parents of children in our Grosse Pointe Public School System: Our hearts go out to the Newtown, Connecticut community on this sad day. As our GPPSS families determine the best way to discuss this tragic event with their own children, please know that the safety of our students is always paramount. We collaborate closely with our local law …