Tustin Schools, Garden Grove Police are Latest to Reassure Parents After Newtown Shootings

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The school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, continue to prompt police and school district officials in Orange County to assure parents everything is being done to keep their children safe.

The Garden Grove Police Department has summed up its response in a letter to the community, while a Tustin Unified School District letter to parents includes an invitation to a "School Safety Town Hall" tonight.

The Tustin letter follows, with the Garden Grove Police message on the next page.

Dear TUSD Parents:

We are saddened by the senseless and tragic violence that occurred in Connecticut on Friday. We want you to know that the safety of our students is our primary concern. Each of our schools has a Comprehensive Safety Plan in place.

Our local police departments provide assistance on the plans, and feedback on safety and disaster drills.

We all need to be connected to our children and mindful of the impact such incidents may have on ourselves and our students. We have included on our website some tips for talking to your children about the tragedy. Our website is at tustin.k12.ca.us. If you or your child has any concerns, I encourage you to contact your school principal.

Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community of Newtown.

The Tustin Unified School District and the city of Tustin are holding a School Safety Town Hall Meeting for parents on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Columbus Tustin Middle School, 17952 Beneta Way. I invite you to attend.

-Dr. Gregory A. Franklin, superintendent, Tustin Unified School District

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