Chang: “We pray that one day we can see an end to senseless violence’
School Superintendent Tommy Chang addressed the shootings at the start of Wednesday evening’s school committee meeting:
“Thank you to everyone here today. As Chairman Michael O’Neill said, we did have a tragedy today at one of our schools and near one of our school. This is just one of those things that you never want to ever have to discuss, but it’s important that we share some news with everybody.
“So it is with deep sense of sorrow that I begin tonight’s report by discussing a tragic shooting this afternoon that claimed the life of one of our teenagers and injured two teens, two other teens, as well as a 67-year-old woman outside the Jeremiah Burke High School. Police have confirmed that the victim who died is a 17-year-old Burke student, as were two other students who received non-life-threatening wounds.
“It is incredibly sad whenever a teenager is killed. It is particularly tragic when one is basically shot in the middle of the day at a time when he or she should be getting ready to enjoy their summer. As the mayor and the police commissioner said today, we as a community should be outraged by this tragic shooting and do all we can to assist police in apprehending whoever is responsible.
“BPS will be dispatching grief counselors to the school tomorrow morning. Families, staff and families are impacted by the tragedy can receive any support tomorrow at the school. This afternoon the Burke, along with several other schools, Dearborn Academy which is co-located at the Burke currently, two other schools [he Martin Luther King, Jr. K-8 School, and the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School] were put in safe mode and were lifted out of safe mode around 2:15, at which time students were dismissed.
“The safety of our students is obviously our Number One priority. I am very proud of the team at the Burke and the team here in central office that supported the students this afternoon. We send out condolences to the family and pray that one day we can see an end to senseless violence in this city and this country.’’
Chang’s statement was followed by a moment of silence.