[Letter]: New Canaan's Saxe Principal Urges Care in Newtown Media Exposure

The following is a letter from Saxe Middle School Principal Greg Macedo issued to Saxe Middle School parents Monday. It is presented in its entirety. As a disclaimer, the opinions of the letter writer are not the opinions or views of Patch. In this instance, they are right on target:

Dear Saxe Families,

As we approach the anniversary of the tragedy in Sandy Hook, we are all calling to mind many strong feelings and memories. 

Official reports of the events are going to be made public this week. There is a possibility that information will be released [Monday -- ed.] afternoon. The reporting may contain graphic images and, most likely, replay after replay of the tragedy. 

Please try to limit your children's exposure to the media. This would include TV, radio (in the car), internet and even our own conversations. Children are acutely aware of everything we do and say. They also pick up information that we tune out (TV left on in another room, a car radio that shifts quickly to news coverage, etc.). 

We appreciate how difficult this time may be for families. Please let us know if you feel that your child(ren) may need particular attention as the anniversary approaches.

Greg Macedo
Local Parent November 26, 2013 at 08:04 AM
I am sure every family will handle this event in the way that suits their own faith and family beliefs. Odd that just prescriptive advice would be delivered from the school system.
Alan Haas November 26, 2013 at 11:49 PM
There are different ways to interpret this initiative from one of the key leaders in the school system, in whose care we entrust our children for most of their day: (1) Helpful and Thoughtful or (2) Intrusive and Prescriptive. Perhaps it is time we extend our arms around one another for support and understanding and reserve judgment on those who would remind us of our duty. Reminders are suggestive, regrets are eternal. Thank you, Mr. Macedo, for alerting us of this occasion to be mindful.
TP November 27, 2013 at 09:36 AM
Hear, hear Alan. Only in New Canaan and only on the Patch could readers take issue with Principal Macedo's letter! The letter was heartfelt from someone who was in the trenches last year answering difficult questions from confused and tearful students day after day. And, more, he offers help and support if parents need it. Thank you Greg for all you do.


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