CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – The New Castle Town Board and staff have issued the following statement in response to Friday's school shootings in Newtown, Conn.:
To the members of our community: We are deeply saddened by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. We offer our sincere condolences to the families and Newtown community. It's hard to find words to describe how so many people are feeling during this difficult time. Maybe we can find some comfort in what President Obama said in Newtown on Sunday:
"We gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school; in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America. Here in Newtown, I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts. I can only hope it helps for you to know that you're not alone in your grief; that our world too has been torn apart; that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you, we've pulled our children tight. And you must know that whatever measure of comfort we can provide, we will provide; whatever portion of sadness that we can share with you to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear it. Newtown — you are not alone."
New Castle parents and children should know that our schools and police department have a comprehensive emergency plan and that we will always do everything we can to protect our children and make them feel safe and secure. The schools will help our children who are having difficulty understanding and accepting what has happened at Sandy Hook. United Way's 2-1-1 is able to provide additional assistance. Support services for affected families as well as the community at large will be provided by the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Information about the fund is available here.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy.
New Castle Town Board and Staff
You can find more Daily Voice coverage of the Newtown tragedy here.