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Are Our Children Safe?

February 16, 2018

From the Principal

The tragedy that befell the community of Parkland, Florida, like Sandy Hook and Columbine before it causes us all to stop and ask, can this happen here? I have been thinking about that for a few days and I am struck by the reality that most of us truly believe that it can’t happen here. Not in my community!!! Not at our school!!! But, if asked beforehand the families in these stricken communities would undoubtedly have fallen to the same sense of false security to think that it was not at all possible in their school. The reality – this can happen
anywhere. By understanding that we can then move forward to address – how do we keep our children safe?

At Huron Academy I hope the answer is that we understand that each child has a voice and that each child needs to be heard. I believe that for as long as I have been an administrator here at the school we have always been a welcoming place that truly cares for the individual children that come here. We really try to get to know our students and make them feel safe each and every day that they are with us. Sure children make choices from time to time that stretch the meaning of this but each time we hope that our children learn from their mistakes and that they feel the connection to the community as a result. We will continue to strive to build these relationships with our students so they never feel disenfranchised or alone.

In the coming months, we will continue to engage our students in the various preparedness drills that have become rather routine, but serve such an important purpose. We would never want to have such a calamity to take place here; but we will not slip into complacency – we will be prepared. I ask that you spend some time with your children in the coming days and have then share their feelings with you about how safe they feel at school. If anything alarms you about these conversations please share your concerns with me. I will be working on ways to make stronger connections with our students so that we can all feel safe, I can always use your help with this.

Finally, I know you join me as we mourn the dreadful loss of 17 families in southern Florida. Hold your children close, tell them every day how much you love them, for we can never be certain what the future holds. I will do the same in the actions we show moving forward in our efforts to keep your children safe here at school. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Respectfully yours,
Mark S. Talbot

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