We sit in sorrow and solidarity with those affected by the horrific tragedy at Austin-East High School recently. Gun violence has no place anywhere, least of all in our schools. Our hearts are with our Austin-East neighbors, who have already experienced such unimaginable, devastating loss this year. All schools should be a place of unquestionable refuge for students and staff—a place where education, opportunity, and camaraderie take place on a daily basis. History teaches us that the best defense against hate, intolerance, and ignorance is a better offense of care, compassion, and empathy. CEHHS will do everything it can to help our community work to heal from this tragedy. We support and encourage the work necessary to foster safe learning environments for all students, teachers, staff and administrators.