News Feature

Web exclusive, December 18, 2012
Sedgwick Elementary to hold community meeting in light of recent tragedy

Sedgwick Elementary School Principal Don Buckingham has scheduled a community discussion for Wednesday, December 19 at 6 p.m. at the school.

The community discussion will address questions raised by the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut; the arrest of a Deer Isle bus driver and former Sedgwick resident for sexual assault of a girl and in response to another, as yet undisclosed, incident.

Buckingham’s letter to the community said the goals of the meeting include answering questions about facts to the degree possible, trying to make sense of what has happened, address what families can do to help keep their children physically and emotionally safe, and identify ways in which the school and community can help keep children safe.

Buckingham said the lockdown/intruder procedure for the school has been reviewed, and that some safety rules that have been relaxed will now be more strictly enforced.

In a statement issued by Union 76 Superintendent Mark Jenkins on Monday, December 17, Jenkins stressed that emergency plans are current. All of the Union 76 schools will be reviewing those plans and training. Jenkins said law enforcement officials in Hancock County have offered to assist.