MDUSD Superintendent Issues Statement on Florida School Shooting

February 15, 2018 14:00 pm · 15 comments

The following letter is being sent to MDUSD families and staff regarding yesterday’s tragedy in Florida:

Hello MDUSD Families, Staff and Community,

The horrific shooting at a Florida school yesterday has left our country deeply saddened that we must endure yet another senseless tragedy.  I am personally and professionally saddened that I am writing a letter like this again. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who died and those who are injured. While not all have a personal connection to the tragedy, I wanted to reaffirm our commitment to the safety and well being of all of our students, staff, and families.

Every school in MDUSD has a safety plan that is specific to that site, and in accordance with California’s Education Code (32280-32288). These Comprehensive School Site Safety Plans are approved by the School Site Councils, and are reviewed and approved by our Board every year in spring.  The plans are kept on file at each site and at the district office.

We also have a comprehensive district-wide emergency preparedness and crisis response plan in place. We have worked to build and strengthen these plans, and value our relationships with local law enforcement and public safety agencies that make the safety and security of our schools and communities a top priority.

This tragedy also highlights the critical importance of ensuring that our community stays vigilant in reporting concerns about suspicious or worrisome behaviors – and that we closely listen to these concerns and not wait to take action or exercise preventive measures.  Counseling, mental health services and other assistance are always available to any student, parent, or staff member who would like some support.

In the aftermath of this traumatic event, the National Association of School Psychologists notes there are effective ways to talk with students:

  • Create a sense of safety by returning to normal, predictable routines as soon as possible
  • Listen to their concerns and feelings
  • Suggest they limit their use of media to lower their stress and to maintain balance and perspective
  • Realize that sleep difficulties are common and can lead to fatigue and poor participation

There are additional suggestions in the links below, with school safety resources for educators and parents. Sincerely,

Dr. Nellie Meyer

AlwaysBePositive February 15, 2018 at 2:36 PM

Prayers and condolences are not enough. Unregulated gun ownership is a public health issue.

Fred P. February 15, 2018 at 9:35 PM

Gun ownership IS regulated. Learn the facts, buckwheat….

NunYa February 16, 2018 at 4:48 AM

Unregulated gun ownership? Man these Russian bots are out of control. Someone in congress should address this…


AlwaysBePositive February 16, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Please give me the facts fp. How is ownership of guns by mentally ill, or domestic abusers regulated? How was the LV shooters gun ownership regulated?

Noj February 15, 2018 at 2:44 PM

Thank you for your letter Dr. Meyer.

Mimi (original) February 15, 2018 at 3:49 PM

And I hope we never have to implement these measures!! My heart is torn asunder by all the violence we are experiencing in places we always assumed were “safe”! All automatic weapons should be removed from the hands of regular citizens! There is no need for the general populace to have such a weapon!

NunYa February 16, 2018 at 4:50 AM

Just like a liberal, blame the symptom not the problem. If this were a story about fatalities while driving you’d ban cars.

AlwaysBePositive February 16, 2018 at 7:48 AM

ny, do you cover your mouth when you sneeze? Because the sneeze is not the problem, it is a symptom. The problem is the gun. Give that kid a 2×4 hatchet whatever, 17 people don’t die.

Sam February 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM

It wasn’t an automatic firearm, it was a semi automatic firearm. The regulations on automatic firearms make it extremely difficult to acquire. What we have here is a problem with mental illness. He had a history, it should’ve been dealt with.

Mr White February 15, 2018 at 8:01 PM

The school district beat out our own Mark Saulnier? Never let a tragedy go waste. Go get on the gun control pedastal Mark, don’t let me down

Dr Jellyfinger February 15, 2018 at 10:28 PM

How about creating a real sense of safety by having some armed guards at every school like alot of the private schools do? Nah! we can’t do that…. it would be too sensible and effective.

AlwaysBePositive February 16, 2018 at 7:49 AM

More guns is not the solution.

Badge1104 February 16, 2018 at 7:40 AM

After they threw God out of the schools, all this other stuff started happening.

AlwaysBePositive February 16, 2018 at 11:09 AM


ConcordRez February 17, 2018 at 3:13 PM

I wish MDUSD would mandate that all schools in the district keep classroom doors locked and that the district provide doors for all the classrooms at Northgate. Many of the schools have Columbine locks but the teachers disengage them. I have had more than one heated discussion with students, and even a campus supervisor, because I keep the doors locked and insist that I be the one who answers the door when someone knocks. A campus supervisor told me, in front of the kids, that it is illegal for me to lock the door.

I believe some schools have had no, or few, intruder drills. I have asked some students when was the last intruder drill and they say, “A couple of years ago.” Either the school is not holding them or they are not effective enough that the kids remember them.

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