Local districts react to Florida school shooting

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published February 19, 2018

CENTER LINE/WARREN/STERLING HEIGHTS — Local school districts are reaching out to the community following the Feb. 14 Florida school shooting in which 17 people were killed.

Center Line Public Schools officials are holding two community meetings to discuss the tragedy.

CLPS Superintendent Eve Kaltz sent a letter to the Center Line community about the upcoming meetings, which parents and community members are encouraged to attend. The first meeting is at 5:45 p.m. Feb. 26 — prior to the 7 p.m. school board meeting — in the Administration Building board room at 26400 Arsenal St. in Center Line.

The second meeting is scheduled for noon Feb. 27 in the Center Line High School auditorium, 26300 Arsenal St. The second meeting will follow a production called “Lockdown,” a bullying prevention play that all of the district’s middle school students will view. Parents and community members are invited and encouraged to attend the play at 11 a.m. and stay for the noon meeting.

A team of CLPS officials met the morning of Feb. 15 to debrief about the shooting and make plans to provide reassurance for students.

“The shock and horror of what occurred in Florida yesterday will continue to haunt all of us,” Kaltz stated in the letter. “It is unacceptable that children have to feel fear and experience loss. As I watched the coverage and saw the videos, I felt nauseous.”

In the letter, Kaltz said CLPS middle school and high school counselors were asked to visit each classroom to speak to students and share the steps to ensure safety for all. Students were asked to report any concerns to their parents or a trusted staff member should something feel concerning. Parents were also encouraged to contact school principals or Kaltz with any concerns that their children share with them.

On Feb. 15, Warren Consolidated Schools Superintendent Robert Livernois posted a letter on the district’s website about the shooting. In the letter, the superintendent stated the importance of encouraging “our children to share difficult information about other students with the adults in their lives, whether a parent, teacher, coach, principal or support staff member.”

If anyone sees something in the district that is concerning, parents are encouraged to notify a principal or call WCS Director of Security & Crisis Management Brent Bott at (586) 698-4110.

“With the support of our Board of Education, the safety of everyone through effective security practices remains our top priority,” Livernois said.