Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dr. Baldwin's Thoughts on Thursdays - February 15, 2018

To the RPS Community,
As I gained news of yesterday's tragedy in Florida, a flood of memories from December 14th, 2012 came rushing back. Perhaps the same happened to you? I was overwhelmed with a wide range of emotions and I remembered an important organization called Say Something: Sandy Hook Promise. As they say, "It all starts with hello".
Please check out their website:


Over the last 25 years, research has revealed that in 7 out of 10 acts of gun violence, a friend(s) were told that an act of violence would be committed or may take place. In one study, it was reported that in 4 out of 5 school shootings, the attacker had told people of his plans ahead of time. The problem is that no one is taking action with this information to stop the act of violence before it starts. Imagine if one of those people took action. How many tragedies could be prevented? How many lives would be saved?


Say Something is an education and awareness program that provides tools and practices to:

  • Recognize the signs & signals of a potential threat – especially in social media
  • Teach and instill in participants how to take action
  • Drive awareness and reinforce the need to Say Something 
I know you will all join me in saying that the Ridgefield Public Schools will continue to think about the families, children, and friends in Florida working through this extremely difficult time. May each of their hearts and worlds be mended in time.
Karen Baldwin, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools
Ridgefield Public Schools
70 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877