Monday, December 17, 2012
Information about safety and resources for tragedy are available on the district websites.
Plum and Riverview school districts have addressed school safety and resources to deal with tragic school violence after Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Counselors and teachers are available to students in Plum and Riverview who might have questions about the Newtown incident that left 20 first-graders and six of their teachers dead. "It is unfortunate that school violence once again makes headlines around the nation," a statement posted on the Plum School District website read. "This unexplainable and senseless act of violence tears at the fabric of all school communities. "It is inevitable that we focus on our own school safety and our children’s emotional well-being during this troubling time. It is our hope, …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Many schools have security guards and metal detectors—but should they go a step further, as Butler School District did this week?
The Aurora, CO theater in July, the Wisconsin Sikh Temple in August, the Oregon Mall earlier last week—and the mass shooting in Newtown, CT on Friday. This year has been numbing in terms of America dealing with multiple deaths in public places. The blaming game has already started with such political and religious "hot potatoes" as gun control, lack of prayer in the schools, inadequate access to mental health care, lack of parental control, breakup of American families, etc. According to Mother Jones, an independent news organization that features investigative and breaking news, there have been at least 62 mass shootings in America in the last 30 years—and most of the killers got their guns legally. Of the 139 guns possessed by the …
The Rev. Dai Morgan offers some perspective on Friday's mass shooting in Newtown, CT.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
By Rev. Dai Morgan The Rev. Dai Morgan is pastor of Living Spirit Ministry-Swissvale United Methodist Church. When something occurs like the senseless shooting spree, this past Friday, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, one’s perspective of what is important changes. I have withdrawn my original piece for today’s Sunday Reflections column. Nothing else seems to have much significance after such a horrible event. I will use this opportunity to make an observation in regard to the shootings at Newtown. Though in my profession I am a user of words, in fact, I do not have a desire to say much. First, at this time, I don’t have much enthusiasm for writing. Second, as a matter of respect, so soon after the event, I don’t want 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 …