AFSA’s Statement on Franklin Regional High School Violence

We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to all students, administrators, teachers, staff and families affected by the violent outbreak at Franklin Regional High School this morning. As educators, we cannot think of anything more terrible or senseless.

This act of violence once again highlights the school safety issues facing many of our public schools that are still operating without vital resources, training, school counselors or safety plans in place.

Following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, AFSA joined the Coalition to Support Grieving Students. The Coalition is working to create resources to help students work through tragedy and to identify students in need of counseling.

Most educators, parents, students and school staff members struggle to imagine this kind of loss happening in their neighborhood schools. Moving forward, it’s important that we take steps to support students through this difficult time sure to raise many emotions, concerns and questions for the entire school community.