Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett released a statement Friday afternoon in response to a mass shooting at a Newtown, CT, elementary school.
Montgomery County police increased presence around schools at dismissal time Friday afternoon “for the comfort of the community." Leggett joined parents, teachers and police officials in expressing sadness and horror.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families touched by the senseless slaughter perpetrated today at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“Such violence directed toward anyone is unspeakable – aimed at little children all the more so. There is no point in trying to make sense of it for it makes no sense.
“Ralph Waldo Emerson once said ‘we find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.’ Tonight, though, hearts are broken into pieces in Newtown, in Montgomery County, and all across America. Some will take a long time to mend. Some never will.
“And so we pray, we mourn, and we try to figure what we can do to make sure our classrooms resound to the sounds of laughter and learning, not tragic consequences.”