North Salem Superintendent: School Shootings 'Gut-Wrenching'

Superintendent Kenneth Freeston lives in Newtown, Conn. The Florida school shooting, he said, "hearkens back to the...horrors and the shooting there." Credits: File

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-School districts around the country this week continue to discuss safety measures in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people died.

For Schools Superintendent Kenneth Freeston, the tragedy hit particularly close to home.

“Everyone knows that I live in Newtown and that hearkens back to the Newtown horrors and the shooting there,” Freeston said.

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Freeston said the school’s Safety Committee will meet with the Westchester County Police for a debriefing and to talk about possible future training opportunities in the coming weeks.

“These shootings are just so gut-wrenching,” Freeston said. “I’m pleased we have the capacity in North Salem to be ready if it ever happens here. Our kids are ready, but you’re never really ready. We saw that today.”

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