Congresswoman Louise Slaughter:

“Today’s shooting is an act of unspeakable violence. I am grief-stricken for the innocent children and their families. Sadly our nation has reached the point where our citizens can’t go to church, to the theater, or even to elementary schools, free from the threat of guns. Something must be done.”

She continued, “We hear an awful lot about protecting the right to own a gun. Our nation has an equally somber responsibility to ensure that our children can go to school every morning and come home safely every night. I will always do everything that I can to ensure our children’s safety, and if that means that we place commonsense controls on guns, then that is the price I will freely pay.”

“In times like these, our moral compass should be stronger than the work of any gun lobby. It is long past time for delay- we must do all that we can to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again.”

Governor Cuomo:

“I was shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning in Newtown, Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the innocent victims – many of whom were young children – whose lives were claimed by this senseless and horrific act of violence. During times of such unthinkable tragedy, all New Yorkers stand together with the people of our neighboring state to grieve the loss of life and help bear the pain and anguish that will be felt by so many in the weeks, months, and years to come.

“While we don’t have all the facts and our focus must be on the victims, this is yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns. We as a society must unify and once and for all crack down on the guns that have cost the lives of far too many innocent Americans. Let this terrible tragedy finally be the wake-up call for aggressive action and I pledge my full support in that effort.”

Congressman Higgins:

“Today’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, taking the lives of nurturing adults and innocent children, is heartbreaking.  As a father and as a husband of a public school teacher, I have to say that the word that comes most to mind at a time like this is ‘unspeakable.’ This is a tragedy of unspeakable proportion, an act beyond comprehension.  When lives are lost in our schools, which represent a safe haven with the sole purpose of enriching the lives of children, we are left with a profound sadness.  I join others in this country and the Western New York community in saying that our thoughts and prayers are with the families and community devastated by the horrific events that occurred today.”

 

Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela C. Brown

The Buffalo Public School District is deeply saddened by the tragic school shooting that took place in a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school this morning. On behalf of our community and the Buffalo Board of Education, we extend our condolences to the unfortunate victims, the families, and the entire community that has been shattered by this unthinkable act of violence.

Be assured that the Buffalo City School District has made arrangements to have our multi-layered security efforts, including cameras, buzzers, identification and access cards, and Student Resource Officers, at a higher level of vigilance in order to secure dismissal locations and transportation hubs.

In addition, our Crisis Team will be on call all weekend, with extra staff ready to join them, for those in need of immediate counseling. It is with deep sympathy that we remember and pray for all those affected.