RPS, City of Rockford officials comment on Auburn High School shooting

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Insane school-grounds shooting brings Rockford town officials to gun violence discussion table.

Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Ehren Jarrett, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara and Rockford Police Chief Carla Redd gathered on Tuesday for a press conference briefing the district on a shooting at the high school Auburn, Tuesday afternoon.

“We are here on a very dark occasion,” said Superintendent Jarrett. “It is not acceptable to have violence in our community involving guns and young people, and it is certainly not acceptable in our parking lot here at Auburn High School. ”

Jarret insists that the school district is committed to adding additional security to the school for the safety and security of the students.

Mayor Tom McNamara and Chief Carla Redd insist this is a community issue that will take the action of coming together to resolve it.

“The rate of violence in our community right now is not acceptable,” said Mayor McNamara. He praises RPS Schools, Principles, Staff and Safety for their diligence and commitment to educate, assuring parents that “on the whole, the incidents that do occur are targeted incidents.”

McNamara sends out a call to action to residents saying, “It’s going to take all of us as a community to come together and resolve that (in) 2022 we are not going to tolerate violence in our community.

“It’s the public’s call for help,” echoed Chief Redd. “You all know who the kids involved in guns are, who have access to guns,” “Intervene. To be involved.”

Redd reminds parents in the community that it takes a village to raise children, especially where mentors are scarce. She says the Rockford Police Department is available to help mentor and make sure the students are on the right track. “We are committed. We are here. We’re not going anywhere.

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