Here was my message to the students after being made aware of the failed terrorist attack in New York:

"Students and Staff,
I just learned of a failed terrorist attack in New York a few minutes ago. While details are very sketchy, it is clear that the terrorist failed in his attack. Three people are known to be wounded at this time but there are no fatalities. We understand that the man was attempting to use a homemade device that may have been a vest with multiple devices on it. Again, details are sketchy and things will clear up in a day or two. The bombing was supposed to take place in the subway. That would have brought metro New York to a standstill. Thank God the device failed as it would have been a major blow.

Most of the teachers and I grew up in a different world. This stuff just wasn't something that occurred. Unfortunately, this is all most of you students know. I wish I could change that. Do not live in fear but be aware at all times of your surroundings. If you see anything out of the ordinary or suspicious, please speak up and speak out."

Tomorrow will be my annual message on not ruining Christmas for little kids (Santa Claus) and understanding that the Christmas Season should be happy for everybody but it isn't always the case. I know, I'm a "downer" sometimes. I just think it's important to understand and be aware that we all walk down different paths to get to the high school each day.

Scott Sherman
It's A Great Day To Be A Packer!

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