‘We must do better’: MMSD superintendent issues statement following Texas school shooting

Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Dr. Carlton Jenkins
Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Dr. Carlton Jenkins. WISC-TV/Channel3000

MADISON, Wis. — The leader of Madison schools says the heartbreak caused by the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas is a pain that has become “all too familiar.”

Superintendent Carlton Jenkins released a statement Wednesday afternoon, a day after 19 children and two teachers were killed by a lone gunman who armed police could not stop from entering the building.

“The disturbing frequency of these senseless acts of violence are incredibly difficult to process, with each tragedy contributing to cumulative trauma, especially when involving the loss of so many of our youngest and most precious,” Jenkins said in his statement.

Jenkins called on elected officials and the community to work together to keep kids in Madison safe.

“We must do better,” Jenkins said. “Communities, business, elected officials, and educators need to work in collaboration to provide the necessary laws and resources to keep our children and communities safe.”

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Jenkins says the district is encouraging students who may be struggling with the most recent shooting to get in contact with their school’s student services staff to receive additional resources and support. He closed his statement by assuring parents and the school community that the district is committed to the safety of its schools.

You can read Jenkins’ full statement below.

It is with profound sadness we learn of yesterday’s horrific tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The deep heartbreak we feel today has become all too familiar. The disturbing frequency of these senseless acts of violence are incredibly difficult to process, with each tragedy contributing to cumulative trauma, especially when involving the loss of so many of our youngest and most precious.

We must do better. Communities, business, elected officials, and educators need to work in collaboration to provide the necessary laws and resources to keep our children and communities safe. Whether it is attending school in Uvalde, Texas; shopping in Buffalo, New York; or attending church in Laguna, California; our future generations are counting on us to ensure they live in a world where; no matter who they are, where they are, what they are doing, or what they believe in, it is a world safe from a persistent threat of violence, and in a place and time where human decency is the fabric of society.

We understand how events like these can cause a significant degree of anxiety and emotional distress for our students, staff, and families. We are encouraging students who may be struggling to process recent events to reach out to their school’s Student Services staff for additional resources and support. We also know how tragedies like these can surface fears about school safety. We want to assure our school community that Madison Metropolitan School District is committed to the safety of our students and schools.

We ask you to join us in keeping the victims, families, survivors and the community of Uvalde Texas in our thoughts as they recover from their tremendous loss.

Sincerely,

Carlton D. Jenkins
Superintendent