Principal: 'Senseless Act of Violence Difficult to Understand'

A note to parents from the Buker Elementary School principal.

The following message was delivered to parents of Buker Elemenrary School students by Principal Brian O'Donoghue in the wake of Friday's school shooting in Connecticut. It is printed unedited and in its entirety.

Dear Buker Families,

The Buker School community is deeply saddened by the tragic school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Our thoughts and prayers are with their students, staff, and families. The loss of any life to a senseless act of violence is difficult to understand, but even more heartbreaking when the loss involves so many young children and caring adults working in an elementary school. 

We work closely with the Wenham Police and Fire Departments to provide a safe school environment for our students and staff. Our school safety plans are reviewed annually and we will be reviewing our procedures with staff in light of this tragedy. We are committed to the safety of our students and want them to continue to feel comfortable coming to school. 

If your child has learned of the shooting in Newtown, CT, the attached information from the National Association of School Psychologists provides tips on how to talk with children about an event like this. Mrs. Kathy Hughes, our school adjustment counselor, is also a resource available to support you and your child. Please contact the school if you have any questions.


Brian O’Donoghue


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