Statement from the Superintendent of Schools regarding the Connecticut school shooting incident

December 14, 2012
For Immediate Release
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Statement from Prince George’s County Public Schools regarding the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting incident:

“Our hearts go out to the students, teachers, parents and families affected by today’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Schools are safe havens for our children. As a society, we must come together to ensure that this type of callous incident does not happen again.” 

-Dr. Alvin L. Crawley, Interim Superintendent of Schools

Prince George's County Public Schools

 

Background: Prince George’s County Public Schools firmly believe that schools are safe havens for our children. In June, our school system conducted an “active shooter” drill in conjunction with our local law enforcement authorities. Staff members have also received reminders regarding school safety. We have increase security around our schools as a precaution. The safety and protection of our students is core to our mission. 

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Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 209 schools and centers, more than 129,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.