(TRENTON) – Assembly Homeland Security Chair Annette Quijano (D-Union) on Friday released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT:
“Time cannot even begin to heal the pain the family members and friends of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have endured. As a society, we can only show our support and continue to be there for those affected by this utter tragedy.
“Instead of reminding those touched by this catastrophe of the heartbreak that occurred one year ago, the victims’ families have asked that we take this opportunity to carry out ‘acts of kindness’ in our own lives in memory of the 20 children and six adults that were lost.
“We must also do everything in our power to make sure a catastrophe like this never happens in our own communities here in New Jersey. We must continue to examine the level of safety and security in our schools as well as the availability of mental health programs and initiatives in our society.
“We must use the anniversary of such a horrific event to ensure that we are doing everything within our capabilities to protect our children and educators,” said Quijano.