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Connecticut School Shooting Horror and Heartbreak

Our nation is in mourning following a shooting rampage that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

A gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school. He also killed his mother and himself Friday morning.

Our Patch colleagues in Newtown, Conn. are reporting on this tragedy thoroughly -- the victims, after all, are their friends and neighbors -- so we refer you to their site for complete coverage.

Here are some of their stories:

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School's principal is being remembered as warm and selfless.
  • The community is described as being in "sheer shock."
  • The town's religious leaders are holding special services.
  • A school psychologist -- the mother-in-law of a Patch writer - was killed.

 

President Barack Obama spoke about the shooting but cut his remarks short as he fought back tears.

Visit this Patch forum to share your comments and condolences.

Schools in Northampton and Lehigh counties held "active shooter" drills earlier this year to be prepared for such a horrific rampage. Parkland School District even had a scare in September when a teacher saw a student who looked like he might be a gunman.

Here are tips from Lehigh Valley's KidsPeace for helping families and kids cope with the shooting tragedy.

 

Allan Bach December 15, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Evil, in its darkest form, has visited us again. Evil gave birth to anger and anger to violence. This should not surprise us, as we see evil daily in news headlines. Many pay to have evil delivered to their homes via television. Some buy evil in the form of a violent video game. In a nation where prayer is banned in schools, we are being asked to pray for members of a school. Oddly, we don’t hear the mantra “separation of church and state” or see the ACLU filing a lawsuit. In a nation where birth control and abortion are considered a right by some to prevent a child, we now see people upset over the death of children. In a nation where, one week ago, the governor of Kansas is attacked for calling on Americans to ask for God’s mercy, we have the Governor of Connecticut asking the same - in a church - with no outcry from Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Is it any wonder why we are confused? Does it take a tragedy to being us back to the faith that founded this country? We have problems in America. Many of these problems are born out of a shift in morality. We legalize marijuana in a few states yet tell our citizens it isn’t legal with the federal government. We tell our youth to work hard and create wealth, then penalize them with a higher tax rate for doing so. We advise our youth to abstain from sex yet give them condoms. Yes, there are problems in our country but I do hope we don’t continue to look to a concert of rock stars to solve them.
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. December 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM
As long as guns are easily available, I don't see any end of this kind of carnage....No amount of tear-shedding will stop this absurdity...We will just learn to live with it.
BytraWatches December 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM
@Wilfredo - More people need guns to prevent this problem! You want to see things like this stop happening, teach values to today's kids. The kids brought these days always win, never wrong, know no respect, and have an entitled mentallity. The generation that grew up with black and white TVs was the last generation that was taught to respect their elders and watched TV that had decent respectable shows to entertained by. What is on TV now, Reality TV with no redeeming values. Restrict guns, no sir, teach values I say.
Nazaretti December 15, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Wilfredo - I a afraid you are exactly correct. Allan - Your claim that smoking marijuana is somehow related to the Connecticut shooting is just plain silly. Bytra - Teaching values doesn't address mental illness. Your statement about black-and-white TV is .... interesting. Are mass murderers less likely to be color blind? Are you serious?
tracystough December 15, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Wow Allan and Bytra...how about just saying how sad we all are that this happened? I'm pretty sure the people in CT could give a hoot about your opinion, but a simple "our hearts are with you at this time" would be a bit more welcome. You don't really know why this happened and to blame society as a whole is ludicrous! Compassion for the victims and their families is what's needed. I for one am angry and sad, but am not going to get on a soap box and blame TV, video games, etc...
charles hampton December 15, 2012 at 01:46 PM
There is plenty of blame to go around here, and I see some right and wrong in both sides of the discussion, but one question haunts me. Is there any legitimate need for ANYONE to buy and possess a Bushmaster 223, or any such assault weapon? My sympathies go out to everyone affected by this senseless tragedy.
C.T. December 15, 2012 at 02:10 PM
This shooting as with all shootings is extremely tragic. The loss these people have suffered is not measureable and the loss cannot be replaced. As humans we will grieve and pray for comfort. Looking within ourselves to try and understand what has gone so very wrong. The need to express anger violently. It is the person using the weapon that kills. The weapon could be a knife-a gun-a baseball bat-a hammer. Do we outlaw all those things? Maybe we have to look at what we value. It is greater than money and prayer. As a society we need to teach respect, of ourselves as well as others, compassion and tolerance. My sympathy and prayers for comfort to everyone affected by this tragedy.
Nazaretti December 15, 2012 at 02:28 PM
It is good to teach respect, compassion and tolerance, but the mentally ill will not learn it and they will always be with us. My heart goes out to those who lost friends and loved ones in this terrible event.
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. December 15, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I just heard of a Chinaman who slashed a dozen or so children with his blade, none died...Maybe a bat, a hammer killed 1 or 2...Guns, especially high capacity ones, have more destructive power...Teaching morality has been with us since Adam, yet killing endures...No amount of sermon could stop a determined mind to do evil things.
H. R. Paul December 15, 2012 at 05:29 PM
There are "no words" for a tragedy of this magnitude...you wish to mix it up over morality, church and state, gun control, broken homes, video games, be my guest...
H. R. Paul December 15, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Show some respect, and let the children and adults be laid to rest in peace...
tracystough December 15, 2012 at 10:28 PM
well said H.R. Paul...
Frank December 16, 2012 at 07:14 AM
I'm with H.R. Paul on this. It's not the time for political debate but a time for honoring those that were lost in this tragic event. A serious discussion needs to be addressed in the coming months on how to stop this type of violence, and my hope is that it will happen this time and not wait until another event like this occurs. It's not just a gun control issue...it also involves mental health and how to get help to those who cause this type of violence.
Bob Bear December 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Abortion, hate, separation of church and state, prayer in school, condoms, American's United, ACLU, youth sex, rich and taxes, WOW, you seem to be a hater, get some help! This is a sad tragic time, not to be used for your hate!
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. December 17, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Let's revisit the Second Amendment...I feel this is the core problem on what is ailing us about gun violence...Some politicians say it is not absolute.
SABLE EAST March 30, 2013 at 07:00 AM
I agree with you. Sex education is encouraging sex! This society is under the thumb of something horrible! People eat lumps of burnt flesh,(they call it meat; well why not eat it raw? that proves not for human consumption). Animal victims, who smile, cry, think [ I can prove they reason] they're emotions and so compassionate, empathetic too. Just so you know, the 'news' is to harm our subconcious mind; make us programmable to more of those violent stories which are staged--made up and shown as true. [look up HSEEP] <---wait till you see the domestic terrorism they follow. There's wonderful things being hidden too; I think our energy can be used to alter the way this has been going; too. Example: Did you ever notice toothpaste has rat poison in it? now they're making bubble gum flavor for the kids). What about drinking water with flouride. What kind of place is this!? It's human though, not some alien or lizard people,as they'd like the public to think). Take care; I felt you were the sort I can share this with.
SABLE EAST March 30, 2013 at 07:17 AM
Dear Mr. Salcedo, What if, the story was untrue? What if information was used to control societies opinion; out look; morality? What if I told you, as an example, JFK was never assassinated? Well? there are videos on you tube; check out Jackie's gloves; the car; JFK; not one spec of <blood>. Look @ him opening his shirt out ::::pops::::a shiney gold disk that adheres to his head. Jackie pushes him off of her, scrambles on the trunk to retreive the device that broke into pieces, as a secret service man has his hand out & orders "'give that to me!" What if, I told you Marilyn Monroe:.:The Vietnam Dragon Lady:.was played by Jackie? Well, her voice; her romantic interests; & same c-scar on her stomach area. Note: her ears covered by the dark wig., Her teeth also have this covering. Well, sleep on that then I was guess, one would say 'If that's true, what else is true?" Are dinosaurs real? What a ridiculous story better to deluded the public, mold them psychiatrically, subconcious mind is powerful. Have you noticed Vatican City in Rome; has a statue of the pineal gland [sub.mind]there? Did you know Washington, DC used to be called Rome, Maryland? Take care.Just some 'fun facts'.
Hugh Gallagher March 30, 2013 at 09:22 AM
Why stop at just the 2nd? Hopefully, you aren't just picking out the one that you disagree with? Are the rest of them OK with you? What if they aren't OK with me? Or my neighbor? Just get rid of them and have no structure? Then we can come here once a week and YOU can tell us what is right or wrong?

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