June 13, 2016
State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Releases Statement on Mass Murder in Orlando
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today released a statement about the mass murder in Orlando, Florida:
"I want to express my deepest condolences for the victims and their families and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with those who died and were injured in this horrific attack.
"An attack on any community is an attack on us all. All of us grieve along with members of the LGBT community in Orlando, California, and the rest of the world.
"Diversity is strength. Tolerance, understanding, and compassion can and will survive this horrible event.
"Although there is no apparent threat against schools, I want to assure all students, parents, and staff that the California Department of Education is committed to helping all schools maintain safe, secure, and peaceful school environments and to help them have the most effective mandatory safety plans they can."
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100