This message was released Friday by the Mesa Unified School District:
"Mesa Public Schools is shocked and saddened by the senseless shooting
and loss of life that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in
Our deepest sympathy and our thoughts are with everyone in Newtown as
they deal with the heartbreaking tragedy.
We know an event like this raises questions in our community about how
we safeguard children in our care.
Student and staff safety is always our top priority. We have
comprehensive security and emergency plans in place, such as visitor
sign-in requirements, lockdown procedures, evacuation protocols and
These procedures are reviewed regularly, and students and staff
practice them every semester. Our efforts are coordinated closely with
the Mesa Police Department and other law enforcement and municipal
Please don't hesitate to contact your school if your child needs
additional assistance from our teachers and counselors to deal with
the distressing news."