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Message from Ann Clark, Superintendent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
September 21, 2016
Good evening, CMS families. This is Ann Clark, superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Yesterday’s tragic shooting has left adults and children in our community sad, frightened and angry. Some students may need help processing and managing their feelings. The incident and people’s reactions to it may confuse or frighten students. All of us in CMS are committed to making sure our students are not only physically safe at school but emotionally supported as well. We want all students to have a safe place where they can express and explore their feelings and ask questions. Throughout the day today, teachers have taken extra care and time when needed to support the social and emotional needs of our students. Counselors have been and will continue to be available upon request. All of us in CMS are part of the larger Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. We are committed to keeping our students focused on learning while also meeting their emotional needs during this stressful time.
I have worked for CMS for more than 30 years. Over and over, I have seen our community come together and address tough and divisive issues productively. I believe this community has the will and the ability to do that now. Please join me in showing our children and the nation that, even in our differences, we can stand together peacefully. All of us in CMS will work to make that happen in our schools in the days going forward.