BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden issued the following statement about the school shootings today in Newtown, Connecticut:
"Our hearts go out to the families of those killed and wounded at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
"I call upon people in Baton Rouge and other areas to pray for these families. We must jointly push for peace in our local community, communities in our nation and around the world.
"Pray for all the families impacted by this senseless act of violence.
"Tell our families every day how much we love them. God bless you."
U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., released the following statement on the tragic shooting today at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.:
"We are all heartbroken by the senseless shooting today in Newtown, Connecticut. The magnitude of this tragedy is incomprehensible, with so many innocent lives lost. To the families and community of Sandy Hook Elementary – we share in your grief, and hold you up in our prayers."
Members of the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) express their deepest condolences for the Newtown, Connecticut community after Friday's school shooting tragedy. The following is a statement issued by LAE President Joyce Haynes:
"As members of the education community, we are deeply concerned for everyone in the Newtown, Connecticut community. We join our entire nation in mourning the deaths of innocent children and educators due to violence."
In response to these events, the LAE offers the following link to a useful guide on how to respond before, during, and after a crisis - http://www.neahin.org/blog/school-crisis-resources.html.