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Palm Beach County superintendent sends out message on Washington unrest

'As a parent of young children, I realize your children may be traumatized,' Dr. Donald Fennoy says
Posted at 5:50 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 09:47:59-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Palm Beach County's superintendent is encouraging parents to talk to their children about the events that unfolded in the nation's capital.

Dr. Donald Fennoy sent out a one-and-a-half minute recorded message to school district families, reflecting on the day's events and explaining the support in place for students and staff. He said additional school psychologists will be available for anyone who needs extra support.

"As a parent of young children, I realize your children may be traumatized by the events they are seeing unfold on national TV," Fennoy said. "It is important to remind your children that they are safe, and that the images they are seeing on TV are occurring thousands of miles away. The district has trained professionals on each of our campuses to protect children. Neither I or the school principal will tolerate any behavior on our campuses that elicits bullying, intimidation or violates our student code of conduct. As a reminder, our school district police officers provide security on all campuses, all day, every day."

Fennoy encouraged any parents with questions or concerns to contact their child's school principal. He also encouraged staff members to talk to their supervisors about any issues.

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