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North High Morning Announcement to Students - December 19

Morning Announcement to Students
Parkway North High School
Dr. Jenny Marquart, principal
December 19

It is with a great deal of sadness that I speak to you this morning.

You may have heard the news yesterday that two students who attend North High have been charged with a violent crime in our community. You may or may not have known these two students but I think after seeing their pictures many people recognize their faces. This is obviously extremely upsetting news for all of us and brings with it a wide range of emotions – everything from fear to anger to sadness to confusion. It is important for all of us to remember that there is no “right” way to respond to this news. We all need to be patient and understanding of each other’s feelings and come together as a community to support one another so that everyone feels safe and so we can all try to cope with this tragic situation. It is critical that we refrain from judging anyone, speculating about events, or spreading rumors. I want you all to know that it is ok to feel whatever emotion you are feeling and it’s ok to be confused and have many questions. There are many questions that may never be answered.

Unfortunately, there are people outside our community who hear this news and may make assumptions about our school and community. I want to reassure all of you that this in no way is a reflection of you or of our school community.

I believe it is in these difficult times when we have to rely on the strength of our community. You are amazing people and I want all of us to stay focused on the wonderful school and community that I know North High to be. I love this school and care deeply about all of the people who are part of the community. We need to help each other through this and focus on the wonderful community we have here at North.

If you need to see a counselor for any reason, please let your teacher know or stop in between exams and someone will be available to support you. Thank you for all that you do to make this a very special place.