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About this Weekend's Tragic Shooting

Dear Families,

As we prepare for school tomorrow, all of us are struggling to come to grips with yet another horrific shooting—this time, at a neighborhood grocery store in Buffalo, New York. Police have arrested an 18-year old who, according to Buffalo officials and news reports, described himself as a white supremacist, a racist, and an anti-Semite. He deliberately traveled to this specific neighborhood to target Blacks, killing 10 people and wounding three others.

This terrible attack is one more grim reminder of the accumulating toll of hate-based violence, evoking memories of mass shootings such as those at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Walmart in El Paso, the spa studios in Atlanta, and the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston. It is a sad statement that such events are too numerous to reference.

This week, we will provide support for students across all three Divisions. Ms. Appleby has asked homeroom teachers to provide age-appropriate support to our youngest children when they arrive in the morning. We will be alert to the needs of these students to process as necessary their fears and concerns, and Lower School Counselor Eric Jefferson and others will be on hand. Mr. Redd and Mr. Tejada will also address this event during Convocation, including the rise of hatred toward so many of our communities. They will point to resources at school, including our Middle and Upper School counselors, that older students can use to process these deeply disturbing events.

On our website, we also have many helpful resources for parents. Here are a few:

Helping Children Cope with Frightening News
Child Mind Institute

Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event
Child Mind Institute

Explaining the News to Our Kids
Common Sense Media

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
National Association of School Psychologists

At Maret, we will continue to live our mission and demonstrate that we value belonging and inclusion. We understand and embrace the complexity of living in a pluralistic world; we value our humanity, our differences, and our willingness to learn from our mistakes and from each other.

Please let me or the Division Directors know if your children or you need any special support at this time.

Take care,