To the Editor:

Like everyone else in this country, we were devastated to hear about yet another school massacre this past week, where innocent, young lives were demolished, survivors are traumatized for life, and a community is stained. Thoughts and prayers will not suffice any longer. We desperately need real action.

This recent mass shooting joins a plethora of incidents that took place in some of the most peaceful and safe towns in America (Newtown, Conn., Parkland, Fla., and Red Lake, Minn., among others). Keeping this in mind, not even Ridgefield, one of the safest towns in America, can guarantee the safety of our youth and townspeople. We cannot continue to live under a false sense of security.

Furthermore, the top five mass shootings in modern U.S. history occurred in the past 11 years, and three of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in United States history have happened in the past five months, so the problem is evidently escalating.

Ridgefield is already experiencing numerous unsolved cases of hate crimes (swastikas and other racist sentiments plastered across town). The suspect in Parkland was also an active member in white supremacist groups, so the resemblance is striking and alarming.

We cannot and must not assume that a mass shooting will not happen to us in Ridgefield. Thus, we are suggesting an urgent community meeting to brainstorm ideas on how to make all Ridgefield schools safer for our children. This open meeting should ideally include First Selectman Marconi, school administrators, teachers, parents, students, law enforcement, and hopefully state and federal legislators.

Yaron Ofer

Ridgebury Road, Feb. 21