Dear Uxbridge High School Community,
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. I am sure that many members of our community have seen the news from Lewiston, Maine, where a shocking mass shooting has left many families shattered in the wake of another senseless tragedy.
I write this because of our geographic proximity to Maine. Lewiston is only a few hours away from us here in Uxbridge, and already I have heard from colleagues in schools in our area who have family members in that area or who have been directly affected. We realize that there may be connections here in Uxbridge as well, and, should that be the case, we want our staff to be properly equipped with the knowledge to support students however possible. Similarly, we understand that events like these can bring about a variety of emotions, and we want to assure you that we are here to provide any assistance that may be needed during these trying times.
These times are complex. We have those in our community struggling with global conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine. We have those in our community who have been touched by violence, both domestically and elsewhere. We have those in our community who have struggled with substance abuse and the opioid epidemic. We have those in our community who have faced racial prejudice and bigotry. We have those in our community struggling with the emotional health challenges that are pervasive in society.
The statement has long been, “if you see something, say something.” We amend and expand that statement slightly for our shared work here in Uxbridge - if you need something, say something. If you hear something, say something. And if you feel something is amiss, please let us know. We know that our school provides solace, support, and strength to many who need it most, so if there are concerns that could influence the student’s school experience, we remind you to reach out to school counselors, trusted adults, or administration so that we can partner with you.
Our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted by the events in Lewiston, and we stand together, once again, in compassion and support of those who need it during these particularly challenging times.
Michael D. Rubin
Principal, Uxbridge High School