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Orcas Islanders' response to Newtown school shooting tragedy

In response to the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14 last year, a group of 36 concerned islanders gathered “to reach a consensus on what improvements to local practices and attitudes we can make in order to lower the risk of an event occurring here.”

The group was formed by Fred Klein and Marta Branch. The topics they discussed throughout a  series of meetings included gun issues, individual responsibility, community caring and wel-lbeing.

They also talked about the need for strengthening family bonds, positive reinforcements for children, discussion groups, child and youth participation in community services and anti-bullying programs

After the meetings the group came up with this statement: “The group of 36 who arrived at this consensus recognizes the need for and welcomes the ideas, resources, and energy of our entire community.

“In our deliberations, someone coined the phrase ... ‘Code of the Rock’ ... an idea not yet defined, but offered as a yet-to-be-created means by which we express our attitudes and aspirations for a safe, vibrant, sustainable, and connected community.”

Some members have committed to participate in ongoing, open forum meetings. For more info, call 376-5377, or email fklein@orcasonline.com using “Consensus” as subject line.

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