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Superintendent: We Will Do Whatever We Can to Support the Kids

Three of the children who lost their parents in Tuesday's murder-suicide are students in the North Bellmore School District.

North Bellmore Schools Superintendent Arnold Goldstein said that the district will do all that it can for the children who lost their parents in Tuesday's murder-suicide.

"We will do whatever we can to support the children," Goldstein said. "We will be there to provide counseling and whatever they need, because it will be very difficult for them."

Goldstein said that three of the children are students in the North Bellmore School District and the oldest child is in middle school.

On Wednesday, social workers and psychologists visited every classroom in the district.

"There were some students who were very upset and we met with them individually," Goldstein said. "We also sent materials out to the parents to help them help their kids deal with their grief and confusion."

Goldstein said that the district is encouraging students to reach out to the children and that the students started writing letters to express their condolences.

"It's a horrible tragedy and my heart goes out to those kids," he said. "It affects the whole community, the children that lost their parents and the children who are trying to make sense of this."

laurie Gregory May 03, 2012 at 12:14 PM
there are no words or donations that can help these kids. only the love of family and friends will help them cope.
Madona Cole-Lacy May 03, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I wake this morning to find out that the North Bellmore School District is taking the lead with a public statement on how they intend to support the true victims of this seemingly senseless and selfish act that has disrupted the lives of their students. Good news! The question now is, how do we as North Bellmore residents play a role in embracing these children? Laurie, you are right, "there are indeed no words or donations that can help these kids". You have hit the nail on the head. One way we all can help though, alongside participating in initiatives earmarked for these chidren, is to honor them by changing our way of thinking. As a community, we must do our very best to operate in the "brother's/sister's keeper" mode. We must resolve to refrain from turning a blind eye to disfunctionality and seek help ...even for our neighbors. We are indeed our brothers' and sisters' keepers. This of course, will call for us to be honest with ourselves and take the proverbial moat out of our own eyes first. I cannot at the moment think of a better way to work towards ensuring that horrific happenings such as this one, become a thing of the past. Education of course, is a necessary tool in this process. People need to know what to do, where to go, and how things work in general. It would be nice to hear ideas from others as to how one can go about developing and maintaining a mentally and emotionally-sound community in light of this tragic occurence.


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