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A Community Message: Today’s Tragedy in Texas

Dear Escuela families,

Tomorrow we plan to come together as a community on our campus to celebrate our children and the end of this school year, but before we can do that, we must first come together as a community to mourn the tragic loss of 14 students and their teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

We are horrified and grief stricken by today’s tragic event. As a school with elementary-aged students, we cannot imagine the grief and deep heartbreak of the violence perpetrated against children.  We will hold these families and children in our hearts and minds as we come together tomorrow.

It feels like just yesterday, we watched in horror as 20 children were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. As parents, as a community, and as humans, we have not yet healed from that day. And, yet, here we are again, facing the loss of another 15 lives ended much too soon.

While we at Escuela are continuously assessing and refining our safety protocols and practices, no amount of training can prepare any of us for the heartbreak and trauma of what happened today in Texas. We can only hold our children close, and vow to make the world a better, safer place for all them. As adults, we strive to live with contradiction. In this case, carrying the weight of tragedy as humans who share in the loss of children’s lives while also acknowledging how much there is to celebrate and be grateful for with the beautiful children in our community.

Here are some resources you may find helpful about how to talk to your kids:
How to talk to Kids About Gun Violence
How to talk to your children about shootings: An age-by-age guide
Talking to Kids About Gun Violence

In partnership,
Kate Chavez