SEBRSD leaders condemn violence in Washington, D.C.

Digital resources shared to help with discussions after rioting at Capitol

SPENCER — School leaders have issued a statement of condemnation of Wednesday afternoon’s storming of the U.S. Capitol.

The chairman of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School Committee, Jason Monette, and superintendent Paul Haughey issued a joint statement on a protest devolved into a riot as members of Congress were certifying the results of the presidential election. Five people have died in connection with the event, including a U.S. Capitol police officer.

Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School Superintendent Paul Haughey

“As the nation and our children read, hear and watch about the civil unrest and rioting throughout the nation since the summer, most recently at the U.S. Capitol building, we are reminded just how important it is for our regional school district to teach about and model civility and respect for our democracy,” read the joint statement by Haughey and Monette. “Civic engagement is the foundation of our democracy. The Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District respects and supports the right to demonstrate and peacefully protest. We strongly condemn all attempts to incite violence and will not tolerate acts of hate that counter our shared democratic principles; and the vision, mission, goals and core values of our schools and the two communities we serve.”

The joint statement went on to pledge support for the school community, including digital resources to “encourage parents and families to talk with their children about these issues.”

The statement noted: “Our schools are here to serve you as parents, families and students, and we will provide support for students, as well as an opportunity to express their views in safe spaces.”

The digital resources provided included text from the National Association of School Psychologists on talking to children about violence, and a link to the website of the mental wellness site EveryMind.

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