"I am in shock. I can't imagine getting the call from your school that this is happening," said Sharon Rowley, a Bedford mother of six children. "And what about all of the parents that showed up to try to collect their children during this tragedy... And they are not there. I cannot imagine their agony."
Rowley said she's working on how to tell her children.
"Right now I am trying to bend my head around what to say to my own kids when I pick them up. They need to hear about this from me... Not from other kids at school on Monday. But how to explain this to kids in a way that makes them feel safe in their school, when Sandy Hook could just as easily have been their school?" she said. "I am heartbroken, and in shock, and I just don't know what to say..."
The superintendent of the Katonah-Lewisboro school district issued this statement:
Dear Katonah-Lewisboro Staff and Parents,
We are aware that there has been an act of great violence in Newtown, Connecticut.
We have been assured by the New York State Police that Katonah-Lewisboro students, staff and residents are completely safe.
We will be providing available resources to help staff and families throughout this crisis.
School psychologists and social workers will be available in all school buildings on Monday,
December 17. Additionally, we will post relevant information on our website to assist families in speaking with their children about a crisis of this nature.
Our hearts go out to all of our colleagues, friends and families, and particularly the children involved in this incident.
Dr. Paul Kreutzer