The Buffalo Public School District is deeply saddened by the tragic school shooting that took place in a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school this morning. On behalf of our community and the Buffalo Board of Education, we extend our condolences to the unfortunate victims, the families, and the entire community that has been shattered by this unthinkable act of violence.
Be assured that the Buffalo City School District has made arrangements to have our multi-layered security efforts, including cameras, buzzers, identification and access cards, and Student Resource Officers, at a higher level of vigilance in order to secure dismissal locations and transportation hubs.
In addition, our Crisis Team will be on call all weekend, with extra staff ready to join them, for those in need of immediate counseling.
OTHER LOCAL REACTION
Western New Yorkers are reacting to the Connecticut school shooting, including some shoppers out and about on Friday afternoon. One woman says the whole thing is just horrifying.
"I'm disappointed to see that it would trickle down into the level of an elementary school," she said and then asking, "What's happening to our society?"
And a second shopper simply offered her sympathies.
"My heart goes out to the parents of the children who passed away in this terrible, horrible incident," she said.
It is with deep sympathy that we remember and pray for all those affected.