Friday, December 21, 2012
The dreadful shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, happened a week ago.
A National Moment of Silence was observed across the country Friday morning to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. As you spent that five minutes in silence, what did you think about? Did you pray? Did you cry? Was your mind on guns laws? Mental illness? During that moment of silence, could you fully take in the horror of what happened to the innocents that day? Or did you concentrate on the healing that needs to follow? This national tragedy has brought out heart-wrenching emotions. What are you thinking about and feeling today? Please share your thoughts in our comments section. Your thoughts might reach someone who feels the same and needs to see those feelings put into words.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
In the wake of recent mass shootings in Newtown, CT. and elsewhere, Patch examines the recent history of gun-control legislation in Pennsylvania.
On the books, Pennsylvania's gun laws are somewhat tougher than those found elsewhere in the United States, according to the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The gun-control group gives Pennsylvania a 25 out of a possible 100-point rating on its state scorecard—the 10th-strictest rating in the country. "While Pennsylvania has some common-sense gun laws, including the requirement of Brady criminal background checks on all handgun purchasers, more needs to be done to stop illegal gun trafficking," according to the Brady Center website. Current Law In Pennsylvania, a person does not need a license to "open-carry" a gun by wearing it in a holster or in similar fashion anywhere but in Philadelphia, state police spokeswoman Diana Bates told…
Monday, December 17, 2012
The president of the school directors and acting superintendent release a statement.
Peters Township School Board President Cindy Golembiewski and acting Superintendent Joseph Dimperio issued the following statement over the weekend: On behalf of the Board of School Directors and staff members of the Peters Township School District, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families who lost children and loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday and to the entire community of Newtown, Connecticut for their devastating loss. Our sincere thoughts and prayers will be with them all in the coming days and weeks.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Also, school officials provide recommendations on how you can explain the situation to children.
The Peters Township School District posted the following message on their website: The tragic news of the event in Newtown, Connecticut has shocked and saddened Peters Township and the nation. As adults we struggle to make sense of today’s news, we know that explaining these events to our children can be a challenge. As a resource for parents who are addressing these events with their children, we have provided a link to the National Association of School Psychologists with guidelines for talking to children about violence. The link includes details on providing information that is developmentally appropriate for your family. Counselors in all of our district buildings will be available next week to assist in any way if you or your child …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Murphy shares 10 suggestions to help adults reassure and comfort children during this difficult and confusing time.
U.S. Rep. Murphy (R-Upper St. Clair) released the following statement on the violent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. "(Friday's) senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School leaves us all shocked. We don’t have words to explain our grief, and we cannot begin to understand what would cause an individual to inflict this kind of pain on fellow human beings, let alone defenseless children. To the grieving families, our deepest condolences go out to you all. For the many teachers, first responders, police officers and emergency personnel who were focused on returning the students to safety, we thank you for putting yourself in harm's way to save a child's life. We hold you all close in our prayers.” Prior to …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Local and state police in Newtown, Conn. were called to an elementary school at about 9:30 a.m. Friday after a gunman opened fire at the school, killing more than two dozen people.
Connecticut police said Friday afternoon that 26 people, including 20 children, were killed at an elementary school after a gunman opened fire. Another adult was killed at a second location. The Scene Police in Newtown, CT were called to the Sandy Hook School at about 9:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call. They alerted Connecticut State Police and authorities began an active shooter investigation once they arrived at the school, according to Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance. Authorities said the gunman was found dead inside the school. He was allegedly armed with four guns and a high-powered assault rifle. Authorities said during a press conference that they have retrieved three weapons from the scene. A parent …