I am writing in response to the events today, and I encourage you to read the important words written and sent by Dr. Hunter this evening. In previous blog posts, I have written that one of this great country's hallmarks is that we hold an election for the President of this country every four years. Power is not seized by revolution or by a military coup, but rather a democratic process that allows all citizens of voting age in this country to exercise their right to vote. That remains true.
We all have a voice, and although it is true that individually we can't control who wins the election, each of us can vote. What we can control is how we respond to the outcome. Our Republic has withstood much since the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and it remains the oldest written constitution still governing a country today.
What we witnessed today is heartbreaking, sickening, disgraceful, and embarrassing. It is an intolerable attack on Democracy.
Without the ability to adequately articulate the gambit of emotions, I invoke the words of one of the great presidents of this country, two quotes spanning two speeches from Abraham Lincoln.
"A house divided against itself cannot stand"....." that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." I close with the critical words of another great leader, Sir Winston Churchill. "If we are together nothing is impossible."
Regardless of political affiliation, we should begin the process of healing a fractured country, and stand firm against violence, against extremism, and stand in solidarity for the rule of law and Democracy.
We are a school filled with caring adults ready and willing to help students who are feeling anxiety or in need of support after witnessing the events of today. Students are encouraged to reach out to a guidance counselor or any trusted adult if they are in need of support.
Michael J. Mastrullo