Statement regarding shootings in US

Limestone Learning Foundation
Statement regarding shootings in US
Posted on 05/16/2022
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We recognize that world events impact the lives of our students, staff, and families. The Limestone District School Board is saddened to learn of the mass shootings in the United States that took the lives of at least 11 people targeted in two incidents over the weekend in Buffalo and Southern California in what police are calling racially motivated hate crimes. We offer our sincere condolences to the communities grieving in the wake of these horrific acts of hatred, and to the family, friends, and anyone affected by this tragic event. 

We acknowledge and recognize the legacy of anti-Black and anti-Asian racism that causes harm, violence, and too often, death. This kind of hate has no place in our communities, and no place in our schools. We stand with our local African, Caribbean, Black, and Asian communities, and we remain committed to combating racism and discrimination in all its forms. We will continue to work with our school communities to promote safe and inclusive learning and working environments for all students and staff.

Our educational services team has prepared some tips to potentially help you support children at this time: 

  • Recognize that children and youth may become concerned that something bad will happen to themselves, family, or friends. Explain that safety measures are in place and reassure them that you and other adults will take care of them. 

  • If your student is not focused on the tragedy do not dwell on it. Try to avoid having detailed adult conversations regarding the conflict in front of younger children. However, be available to answer questions to the best of your ability. Young children may not be able to express themselves verbally. Pay attention to changes in their behaviour or social interactions. 

  • For some, limiting exposure to media coverage may be important. Images of a disaster or crisis can become overwhelming, especially if watched repetitively. Young children may not be able to distinguish between images on television and their personal reality. Older children may choose to watch the news—be available to discuss what they see and to help put it into perspective. 

  • Be aware of your own needs. Do not ignore your own feelings of anxiety and concern or anger. Talking to friends, family members, and mental health counsellors can help. Let them know you are concerned. You will be better able to support them if you can express your own emotions in a productive manner.

In Limestone, we commit to educating our students in age-appropriate ways within a culture of caring with critical thinking, media literacy and empathy as our guide. Our goal is to create and support human rights and inclusive environments where everyone is welcomed, respected, and valued – and safe, and where democracy and peace are critical norms.  

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.