Mayor seeks meeting on school safetyIssues statement on Connecticut school shooting
Rockland — In the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Rockland Mayor Will Clayton issued a statement Dec. 14 calling for a community meeting on school safety and preparedness.
"It is with a heavy heart I must come to you tonight to discuss the tragic scenario we have all heard about today in Connecticut," Clayton said in an email. "I have asked the city manager to reach out to the city's school principals, school board members, police chief, fire chief and any other officials necessary to convene an urgent meeting to discuss our procedures in place for a situation as we saw unfold today. We have the luxury of living in a state where things like this 'just don't seem to happen,' but we cannot rest on our laurels and must be ever vigilant in our preparedness."
Clayton said he will have a preliminary meeting with Superintendent Lew Collins, City Manager James Smith and another school official Friday, Dec. 21. There will be another meeting after that involving more officials.
Gov. Paul LePage issued a statement ordering all state and U.S. flags be flown at half-staff effective immediately through sunset on Dec. 18, in accordance with a presidential proclamation.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and community affected by this horrific event this morning in Connecticut," LePage said. "It is difficult to comprehend the loss of so many innocent lives. Ann and I will continue to pray for the families of the children and staff members who lost their lives in what should be the safest of places, their school.”
On Friday, President Obama issued a proclamation as a mark of respect for the victims of tragic events in Newtown, Conn.
“Like all Americans, I am shocked and sickened at this reprehensible, heinous act at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut," U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe said Dec. 14 in a prepared statement. "Such senseless violence is simply unimaginable and has no place in this great country of ours. As we struggle to comprehend this national tragedy, we stand united in holding the families and loved ones of those lost in our thoughts, and we pray for the full recovery of everyone who has been injured.”