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Crystal Greene, 503-947-5650

December 14, 2012

Statement from Rob Saxton on the Connecticut Elementary Shooting

“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 the 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.”

Rob Saxton
Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction

Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Crystal Greene, Communications Director, (503) 947-5650

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