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Vigil for Saugus High School shooting victims Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Santa Clarita

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 A vigil for victims of the Saugus High School shooting that occurred Thursday will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Central Park in Santa Clarita,  27150 Bouquet Canyon Road.

The shooting at the school at 7:30 a.m. Thursday left a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy dead and injured four. The 16-year-old gunman who shot himself in the head died Friday.
On Thursday evening, Ojai Unified School District Superintendent Tiffany Morse posted a “Student Safety Update” to families with a video link to a public school safety forum held last month with Ojai Police Chief James Fryhoff and a school safety expert.

 Here is the link to her letter and to the Ojai Valley News video of the OUSD student safety forum:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a video about options for protection during an active-shooter event. It echoes the advice of Ojai Police Chief James Fryhoff at a recent Ojai Unified School District school safety forum in which he said the advice is to run, hide, fight, in whatever order the situation requires. 

8-minute U.S. Department of Homeland Security active-shooter options for consideration video:

 

A program called “Active Shooter Training: You are Not Powerless” will be held on Monday, Nov. 18, from 4 to 5 p.m., at Ventura College’s Guthrie Hall.
It is sponsored by the Associated Students of Ventura College in partnership with the Ventura College Student Health Center and District Office Police Services.

For more information, call 805-289-6487. The college is at 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura.

Also, Mike Kuhlman, deputy superintendent of the Hart School District, wrote this message to the community Thursday, with the message to the Saugus High School family:

"Tonight, hold your children tight. Love them. Praise them for being responsible in the face of fear."

 "Dear Hart District community,

This is Mike Kuhlman, Deputy Superintendent of the Hart District with an important message.
Today, our community was shattered by the unthinkable: a tragic shooting at Saugus High School took the lives of several precious members of our school community, injured several other students, and shook every one of us to our core. As I write this message, I know our entire school community shares my profound sadness and disbelief. I want to share some important information with you, and I thank you for your kind attention to this message.
Please join me in keeping these families in your hearts and prayers. Today’s events took the life of their children; words are utterly inadequate when we think about their loss. We will reach out to the families to offer our full support. On their behalf, we ask that you honor their privacy at this time.
Additionally, multiple students were injured, and at this time, we have been informed that they are in stable condition. Their families are with them as I write this message to you. Immediately upon learning about the shooting, members of the District’s administrative team went to the hospital to confirm student identities, and to serve as a resource to these families in distress. I share this detail to assure you that we always work with urgency to assist parents and to communicate about their child’s condition, especially when dealing with a life-threatening situation.
The gun violence experienced across our nation, and all too often on school campuses, has prompted our District, like others, to conduct staff and student trainings for these unthinkable events. We take the training seriously; we prayed that we would never need it. Yet today, our brilliant staff bravely and vigilantly went into action. Placing a priority on their students’ safety, our wonderful Saugus High School team were quick to order students to shelter in place, and your students responded. Praise them for their responsible behavior, especially in the face of overwhelming fear.
Out of respect for the victims and their families, ALL Hart District Schools will be closed Friday, November 15. Additionally, we want to give students and staff the opportunity to come together to process their feelings with counselors, with their teachers, and with one another. We believe bringing students together, and in a different setting, will allow them to discuss the process for returning to the campus. All District counselors and additional support provided by neighboring districts will be available to our students and staff. First, from 5:00 - 7:00 tonight, at the Santa Clarita Activities Center located at 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, and tomorrow from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church located at 22833 Copper Hill Drive.
On behalf of the entire administrative team in our District office, I want to thank you for your patience today as we worked with law enforcement and emergency services. We know that all you wanted was to have your children returned to your arms; we wanted that, too. Your understanding that we need to cooperate with law enforcement is greatly appreciated. Our first responders are heroes, and we are immensely grateful for their swift action.
Tonight, hold your children tight. Love them. Praise them for being responsible in the face of fear.
Thank you and good evening."

People are sharing messages with the Saugus High School community at

http://saugusstrong.org

 

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