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March 10, 2014



Dear Duquesne Parents and Families,


            As you probably already know, yesterday an incident occurred at the Franklin Regional School District in which a student armed with several knives entered the school building and injured many people.  Thanks to the efforts of students, teachers, administrators and safety personnel, the student was quickly subdued.  Our hearts and thoughts go out to the victims and their families, and we pray for their quick recovery.

            In our society today, violence is present in every community.  An incident can occur at anytime, anywhere.  Please know that the administration at the Duquesne City School District take the safety of our students and staff very seriously.  While a variety of safety measures are already in place, we are currently re-examining our systems to make sure that students, staff and the public are protected.  As you know, we have already restricted building entry from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm to the Kennedy Avenue entrance, and we have implemented the use of metal detectors.

            In an effort to increase our awareness of security risks, we need your help.  The mental health of our children has a direct impact on their achievement in school and we believe we can make a difference.  We want our students to feel safe in our building.  If at any time you have any questions or concerns about a student, or if you hear about something you think we should know, please know that the Duquesne City School District is a resource for you and that we are here to help.  Please feel free to contact us at any time at 412.466.9600.  We value your insights and believe that by working together, we can better prepare ourselves and our children to succeed in our ever-changing society.






Barbara McDonnell

Acting Superintendent

Duquesne City School District


















No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness, and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
-- Emma Golmam