Local school leaders talk about how to help your child cope - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Local school leaders talk about tragic shooting

BRUNWICK AND NEW HANOVER COUNTIES (WECT) – Local schools are evaluating security procedures following the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT, that killed 20 children.

Superintendent Edward Pruden said the district will try to learn from this massacre and will adjust its safety plan as needed.

Pruden sent an email to teachers and staff to prepare them for questions they may get over the weekend from those concerned about school safety, asking the district workers to reassure those who ask that there are plans in place.

"This is such a rare event," said Pruden. "At the same time, you want to do what you can to protect our children."

Pruden asked teachers not to share specifics. However, he did share some of the precautions in place.

Right now, every high school and middle school in the district has a designated school resource officer.

Each elementary school has a SRO on call at the nearest secondary school.

Because today's shooting happened at an elementary school, Pruden said they may re-evaluate this.

"I think that's a conversation that we'll have to have as communities and boards of education even at the national level," he said.

We asked Pruden about helping to ease the fears of those children who may be scared to return to school Monday morning.

"I think parents need to let their children know how much their teachers and principals care for them and care about their safety and they don't need to worry that something like this is going to happen at their school," he said.

NHCS Lead School Counselor Lisa Burriss echoed that advice.

She joined us in the newsroom for a live interview.

"Pay attention to your child's behaviors," she said. "Find out what your child knows. Allow them to lead the discussion."

She said if they are concerned about going to school on Monday, reassure them that they are safe.  For more on how to talk to your children, watch video from our interview with Burriss or click here.

Copyright 2012 WECT. All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:14 AM EST2018-02-22 06:14:16 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:28 PM EST2018-02-23 04:28:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.  Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

    More >>

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

    More >>
  • 'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    Friday, February 23 2018 3:05 AM EST2018-02-23 08:05:09 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 7:48 AM EST2018-02-23 12:48:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

    More >>

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

    More >>
  • Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 7:45 AM EST2018-02-23 12:45:11 GMT
    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

    More >>

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly