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Responding to the Sandy Hook Tragedy

Responding to the Sandy Hook Tragedy

NASSP was shocked and saddened by the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. In the aftermath, many officials proposed allowing teachers and principals to carry firearms in school. NASSP and NAESP strongly oppose such policies, warning that those regulations might do more harm than good. NASSP firmly believes that schools should be safe havens for students, beyond the reach of such violence. NASSP offers the following resources to assist school leaders struggling to understand this senseless tragedy, and working to lead honest dialogue and build trust among their local communities.

Resources for School Leaders

Media Resources

Bill Bond, NASSP School Safety Specialist
As the principal at Heath High School in Paducah, KY, Bill Bond faced the unthinkable. In December 1997, he took a gun from a student who had just used it to kill three classmates. Now as NASSP school safety specialist, Bond has assisted in the afternath of nearly every school shooting since. Read Bond's perspective on the tragedy at Sandy Hook: