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Studio City Reacts to Shootings

The Walter Reed principal sent a letter home, the Rio Vista PTA is sharing messages. If you have something to say, leave it below.

The flags at Fire Station 78 were lowered to half mast, and the principal at Walter Reed Middle School asked the cadets to lower the flag at the school, too.

Publicist Steve Valentine observes on a tweet:

Today as I walked around Studio City, I noticed everyone holding their children a little closer &all had red eyes & I was one of them.

The Little Brown Church in Studio City is opened all night for those who want to come in to pray. The North Hollywood Police division of the Los Angeles Police Department issued a message, so did the Sheriff's Department and the Neighborhood Watch groups.

That's how the day ended as Studio City heard about the tragedy of the school shootings across the country in Connecticut.

Three schools where Studio City residents attend are small schools with students K-5 that are similar to the school where the shootings took place.

As the Holiday Pageant was going on at Valley View Elementary School in the Cahuenga Pass, parents and the principal was just getting word of what was happening across the country. LAUSD immediately sent out advice to the prinicipal, emails to the parents, and did robo-calls to the families to explain that the safety of all the students in Los Angeles is a top priority.

Then, LAUSD sent a robo-call to all faculty and staff to urge them to encourage parents and concerned families to learn about the safety programs and drills that the schools provide.

Some families were passing around advice and helpful emails, such as this story (CLICK HERE!)

The Carpenter PTA wrote:

Winter Break is finally here! We made it through the fall season and even with all the tough times, disagreements and hectic days we should all be immensely thankful that we are lucky enough to be at this school in this community with all these wonderful people by our side.

I am sickened and sad beyond words at what some people are capable of and my heart goes out to all the families devastated by the tragedy in Connecticut.

So come pick up your kids. Hug them long and hard. Wish everyone you see a happy and safe holiday season. Thank your teacher(s) for all they do. Hug your kids again. Give a shout-out to Freddy. Say a kind word to Ellen, Toni, Ana and everyone else in the office. Walk away knowing we are all so fortunate to be at such a warm and nurturing place as Carpenter Community Charter.

Have a wonderful holiday break. Be safe. Be happy. Be thankful. And don't forget to hug the kids a few more times.

The Rio Vista PTA president Cathlin Hidalgo-Polvan wrote on the school's Facebook page:

iI don't even know how to have this conversation so hopefully this will help us all.PBS ParentsIn light of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, we're passing along some tips for talking to children about scary news:http://bit.ly/8VmQpP.

The North Hollywood division of LAPD wrote:

We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Ct. LAPD North Hollywood Division is increasing the number of Officers in and around our schools. We are also contacting school administrators to ensure an open line of communication between the police department and the schools. We understand how tragic the incident was and are doing everything we can to ensure it does not happen here. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and individuals that have been affected by this unspeakable event. 

Anyone with information can call any information into the North Hollywood Area Station at (818) 623-4016. You may also to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crimestoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

Captain Mike Parker of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department advised:

Our sympathies and prayers go out to everyone associated with the terrible tragedy today at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in the community of Newtown, Connecticut. 

Your children will hear about this incident through friends or others and so talking with them about it in a calm way is a good idea. Give them a chance to talk about how they feel, reassure them, and help them (and you) not to feel overwhelmed. Discuss with them about people reporting to schol officials if they see someone who does not belong on campus, or hear someone making threats. Here are also some Safety Tips for Kids traveling to and from school: https://local.nixle.com/alert/4873808/ 

Schools are one of the safest places kids can be. Yet we know that a tragedy like this causes great concern for any people. As a result, you will notice an increase presence by deputies near schools today and for the next several days. Please feel free to speak with the deputies you see and ask questions or comment about what is on your mind about school safety. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department works closely with all schools, public and private, within our policing jurisdiction to enhance safety for students and staff. Preventing these tragedies is a goal of law enforcement, schools and society as a whole. When an incident at a school does occur, it is our mutual goal to rapidly, safely, and efficiently resolve it. 

Each school is required to have a School Safety Plan specific to that campus that addresses most types of incidents. Sheriff's deputies train for a variety of emergencies in strong partnerships with school staff, who are dedicated to the education and safety of children. There are procedures in place, such as shelter in place, evacuations, and lockdowns that can be implement depending on the given situation. As we often do, deputies are again reaching out and visiting schools to ensure they are familiar with the layoutof the school grounds. 

Notifications: 
New notification systems have been added over the last several years. Many schools have the ability to create a message and call registered phone numbers or to email or text parents and guardians when necessary. 

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (and many other policing agencies in Los Angeles County and beyond) have also implemented routine and emergency notification systems. 

We strongly encourage parents and all residents of Los Angeles County to register for these notification systems so that we can keep you informed as rapidly and directly as possible whenever needed. Below are many of these notification systemsthat range from calling your home or cell phone during emergencies (Alert LA County), Text and Email (Nixle.com), website, Facebook and Twitter: 


Emergency and Routine Messages from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department: 

1. ALERT LA COUNTY emergency telephone notification system. Register your cell phone and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) (home computer) phones for emergency messages from police agencies in Los Angeles County: 

http://portal.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/alertla 


2. Websites of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (translates into over 60 languages): 

www.lasd.org 

Websites for each patrol station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department can be found at the below link. Links to station Text & Email Nixle.com, Twitter and Facebook accounts can be found on the right column of their home pages: 

http://nixle.com/alert/4843791/ 


3. LASD EMAILS and/or TEXT messages (via NIXLE) from the NEWSROOM of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 

Visit www.Nixle.com 

and register for "Nixle" alerts from "LASD – HQ Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff" PLUS your local sheriff's station area. Or, text your zip code to 888777 to receive text alerts only. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan. View NEWSROOM (Nixle) EMAIL / TEXT messages here, even if not subscribed from the Newsroom of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department: http://nixle.com/lasd----hq-newsroom-shb-los-angeles-county-sheriff/ 

Each LASD patrol station has their own LASD Text and Email notification through www.Nixle.com 


4. FACEBOOK of the NEWSROOM of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department: 

http://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment 

Each LASD patrol station has their own Facebook page. 


5. TWITTER of the NEWSROOM of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department: 

@LASD_News 

View LASD Twitter here, even if you are not subscribed Twitter: 
http://twitter.com/#!/lasd_news 

Each LASD patrol station has their own Twitter handle. You can fnd them by looking who @LASD_News is following on Twitter. 


6. YOUTUBE of the NEWSROOM of Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department: 

http://www.youtube.com/LACountySheriff 



7. Specific Needs Disaster Voluntary Registry 

http://snap.lacounty.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.registryLogin&CFID=231331&CFTOKEN=55341881 



8. LA Crimestoppers - confidential/anonymous email/ text/ phone call crime reporting to police agencies in Los Angeles County: 

http://lacrimestoppers.com/ 

Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call “LA Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org 




If you know of a prayer service or vigil in Studio City for the victims of Newtown, CT, please share those here in the COMMENTS below or e-mail me at mikes@patch.com

If you are interested in honoring the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy by mobilizing for better gun-control laws, please visit the Facebook page Los Angeles Remembers the Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary.

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