Auburn Schools Help Families Deal With Newtown Tragedy

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Auburn Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle is helping parents talk with their kids about violence.
Auburn Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle is helping parents talk with their kids about violence. Photo Credit: Auburn Public Schools

AUBURN, Mass. – As a result of Friday’s horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Auburn Public Schools has shared a document that helps parents talk to children about tragic events.

Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle posted the following on the school district’s website after the tragedy in Connecticut:

Dear Families and Friends of the Auburn Public Schools,

A terrible tragedy happened today in Newtown, Conn., resulting in the death of several students and staff members in an elementary school. Our hearts go out to the students, staff and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

When a tragedy like this strikes, everyone's sense of safety becomes uncertain. As adults in the community, we find ourselves trying to answer our own and our children's questions that have no real answers. As horrific as this tragedy is for us as adults, it's likely even more confusing and frightening for children.  The National Association of School Psychologists has prepared a document titled, "Talking to Children About Violence:  Tips for Parents and Teachers."  I share it as a resource as it offers guidelines for parents and other caregivers in talking to children about tragic events like this. I hope that you will find this information helpful in talking with your children this weekend.

Click here to access the document. 

If your child exhibits any unusual fears that you feel his or her school should know about on Monday, please contact your child's teacher or principal. We will be happy to work with you to address these issues. The safety of our students is our top priority.  We are committed to working with you in supporting our children.

Life is precious – the holidays are difficult for many – may we all be reminded today of what’s really important:  family, friends, and caring for one another.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 508-832-7755 or send an email to

Yours in Education, Dr. Maryellen Brunelle, Superintendent of Schools

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