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NHS administrators acted with reason after threat

To the editor:

On Dec. 19, 2012, Northampton Police were called to Northampton High School. There was a threat to the safety of our children. The Northampton Police Department requested a handwriting sample by students. Some parents and students along with Attorney William Newman with the ACLU, feels that the constitutional rights of students were violated by this request.

Children being killed while in school is a daily concern. I support the actions of school personnel at Northampton High School for allowing the handwriting sample in trying to deal with this acute crisis. Only five days earlier, 20 students and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

In this day and age, school administrators have the job of keeping our students alive.

I feel we are losing sight of this. The school administrators of Northampton High School need our support. This was about a threat to the safety of the students. Difficult decisions that were made were done in the best interest of the students.

In the midst of such a clear threat would any one of us ever question the way in which law enforcement was proceeding, knowing what had recently happened in Newtown; knowing that if it happened there it could happen here.

If nothing was done to investigate this threat to the students at NHS and later someone came to the school and people were killed, I wonder what Mr. Newman and others would say then?

We need to allow the police and school administrators to do their jobs and not question them after the fact, when they might have averted such a horrific tragedy so close to home. When something such as the Newtown tragedy could happen in Northampton we all need to pull together and support each other.

Tanya Abbatessa

Leeds

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