Grief teams being deployed, more police in response to fatal shooting
From press release
Rockford Public Schools Superintendent LaVonne Sheffield announced that beginning Monday, Nov. 2, she would more than double the number of uniformed Rockford Police officers in schools in response to the fatal shooting of a student at a Halloween party.
Three or four additional officers are being assigned to Guilford High School and Auburn High School and the Fresh Start behavioral modification program at Page Park School. Heightened police presence will be kept in place for at least one week to address an anticipated rise in gang activity over the student’s death. Nine officers work in Rockford’s high schools, middle schools and Fresh Start.
Our condolences go out to the families of the victims, and we will provide any support they need. At the same time,
Dr. Sheffield said,
we will have zero tolerance for any misbehavior, and there will be swift consequences for any students who act out.
Dr. Sheffield spoke with Rockford Mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey (I), Deputy Police Chief Theo Glover and Board of Education President David Kelley to convey her immediate plans for preventing the spread of violence into schools; the superintendent will discuss additional precautions Monday with members of her Cabinet. Meetings are also being arranged with representatives of the Rockford Housing Authority and the community action group CeaseFire.
In accordance with a new grief response protocol, teams of psychologists, counselors and social workers are being sent Monday to Guilford and Fresh Start to assist students having difficulty coping with loss or anxiety. Additionally, Dr. Sheffield and representatives of her senior leadership team will visit the victim’s family.
From the November 4-10, 2009 issue
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