Weekly Letter (Oct 5 ’15)

Dear Parents,

This is not the letter I had planned to send home today; I will save that for another time. But after watching the news last night and learning of another assault on a school that resulted in ten deaths (that’s the body count as of Friday morning), I feel compelled to speak out. I have been in Catholic schools since 1959 as a student, coach, teacher, principal and parent. In those years I have seen flu epidemics shut down schools, kids badly hurt in traffic accidents as they crossed the street on the way to school, kids break bones playing basketball, fist fights in the schoolyard (incredibly rare at Star). But I have never and I pray with all my heart that I never will see violence on my campus like the type that, as the president said, is becoming “routine.”

This is not a simple problem. Security, mental health, bullying, and the availability of weapons to people who do not seem to have a conscience or a respect for human life are all pertinent issues. Please consider contacting your US Senators (Mrs. Feinstein and Mrs. Boxer), and House Representatives at 202-224-3121 or even the White House at 202-456-1111 to express your concerns about any or all of these issues.


Star of the Sea is a Catholic school and as such we must actively speak out against such violent behavior.


Terrence Hanley


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