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02:43 PM on 01/03/2013
Hopefully these kids can get back to normal as much as possible after this tragedy. The adults there have done a good job trying to do that. I believe we need to have a robust debate about our culture,guns,mental health care in this country. It has been long overdue up to this point. Their will always be evil in this world but we have to be more proactive about trying to stop it,so the Sandy Hook victims didn't die in vain.
02:30 PM on 01/03/2013
And how does the local newspaper report the opening of the school in their print edition?

With an ad for a gun show on the same page as the opening of the school.

Stay classy, Concord Advocate.
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DJE12857
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05:54 PM on 01/03/2013
Isn't that disgusting and incredibly insenitive.
02:28 PM on 01/03/2013
One thing that can and should come from this is an understanding that we teach history backwards: "in the beginning..."

For these children, for all children, but especially these, history began yesterday. The reason most don't understand, appreciate, or even think about history is that they see no connection between their lives and those from "In the beginning..."

Teaching history should always begin with now and show the path leading back to the "beginning", not start with the long past and try to follow its meandering path to the present.

As far as the school now being the "safest" goes, I'm put in mind of the movie "Terminator" wherein the police assure Linda Hamilton's character that she is perfectly safe because she's in a police station, which is thereupon completely destroyed by the Terminator. Safety is an illusion that can always be shattered by the unexpected and unfamiliar. That doesn't mean you live in constant fear, but acknowledge that ultimately your safety can't be assured by anyone but you.

And the atmosphere and kids being "cheerful"? A comforting thought, but I fear, it, too, is an illusion.
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02:18 PM on 01/03/2013
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jciernick
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02:07 PM on 01/03/2013
Well that's good.
02:02 PM on 01/03/2013
In order to honor the lives of these children and to create consciousness regarding the safety of our schools we must review the safety procedures that are currently in place . Driving by .. I see that when its 3;00 pm the schools especially will early childhood programs open the classroom doors that lead to the school yard to dismiss their children. Only the teacher and their assistant are in charge of the safety in those classrooms This is a hazard for students parents and staff giving easy access to perpetrators, since often times these classrooms are situated in the back of the school where there is no security personnel.
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davidwatts
02:00 PM on 01/03/2013
Now the NRA will breathe a huge sigh of relief as the American People let this tragedy fade from their memory as usual. Back to selling more guns to more fools so more kids can be slaughtered in the name of '2nd Amendment Rights'.....boys will be boys.
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04:13 PM on 01/03/2013
Think about it: In 2005, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618.
More people are killed with blunt objects each year remains constant.

For example, in 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs.

While the FBI makes is clear that some of the "murder by rifle" numbers could be adjusted up slightly, when you take into account murders with non-categorized types of guns, it does not change the fact that their annual reports consistently show more lives are taken each year with these blunt objects than are taken with Feinstein's dreaded rifle.

According to the FBI, nearly twice as many people are killed by hands and fists each year than are killed by murderers who use rifles.
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davidwatts
09:55 AM on 01/04/2013
Guns exist for no other reason than destruction. People who are fascinated by them are mentally ill. They must all be done away with. Statistics mean nothing when innocents are slaughtered by them.
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MPCpiano626
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04:17 PM on 01/03/2013
Law abiding gun owners are not the cause of the Sandy Hook shootings.
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davidwatts
09:56 AM on 01/04/2013
Guns are the cause. People that own guns are aiding and abetting the crimes. Be brave - get rid of your guns,
01:57 PM on 01/03/2013
Numerous police officers on Wednesday guarded the outside of the Monroe school, which is about 7 miles from the old school, and told reporters to stay away.

"I think right now it has to be the safest school in America," Monroe police Lt. Keith White said.
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Interesting how the Leftists have criticized and attacked the mention of having armed guards at schools yet this is exactly what they were doing here to keep it safer.
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elizlucinda
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02:23 PM on 01/03/2013
Rocky: It is so intellectually dishonest to make sweeping pejorative generalization about the Leftists as you call them.

I think some people are upset because the ONLY solution to this gun violence made by Mr.LaPierre was putting armed guards in school and giving people more guns..If your child was involved in this tragic incident you might not support this idea and that doesn't make you a leftist
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03:16 PM on 01/03/2013
Yes sir.
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AliveInNYC
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01:42 PM on 01/03/2013
This article contained far more information than any of us need to know. The best thing the media could do for those children is simply leave them alone!

Let them get back to normalcy as soon as possible and a constant media barrage doesn't help that at all.
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02:21 PM on 01/03/2013
Agreed...But...How can they get back any type of normalcy when every day they are sent back to a place renamed "Sandy Hook" ortherwise none as "HELL".. The entire school board should be fired!!!!
03:21 PM on 01/03/2013
I agree-- take the cameras away, etc. and let the students and staff work their way back into their routine. Allow the Sandy Hook Elem. School and the community of Newtown to continue to heal in peace.
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01:21 PM on 01/03/2013
"They refurbish the new school to look like Sandy Hook and they even go as far as to rename the new school "Sandy Hook." What a stupid idea! The children do not need anything to remind them of that day; they want to forget it."
- Solomon Grundy

Wrong.

Lanza took away too much as it was.

I applaud the staff and volunteers who lovingly made sure he didn't steal away their entire school HOME, too.
01:14 PM on 01/03/2013
I am currently a waitress. Last night, I had three six year olds at a table. Mom, dad, grandma and grandpa were all there. The children were just beams of light, channels of chatter, factories of ideas and storytellers. I thought of the twenty children of Sandy Hook, how they would have been the same way. I saw a kid with a backpack, sullen and hunched over, heading to the bathroom.

It all made me think. It made me worry and it made me sad. How could he kill those children and how can those families survive what he did?
02:01 PM on 01/03/2013
its just beyond horrific. pure evil is the only way to describe it. any violence against children always turned my stomach. but until i had a child of my own, i never could really understand how parents feel. when i see those kids, i also see my child.
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01:12 PM on 01/03/2013
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, families in places like the Five Towns, Bayswater, Far Rockaway, Seagate, and Belle Harbor sustained tremendous physical loss. In most cases, these families’ homes, possessions and cherished memories were completely destroyed.

And then twenty children and six adults from our tri-state community were brutally murdered by a mad gunman. We all ask how it is possible that innocent people – good, pure and generous people – could suffer so greatly as a result of natural disasters or heinous manmade tragedies.As God’s junior partners, we must always react in ways that help build and sustain the world and humanity. In this way we will create light amidst the deepest darkness.
01:10 PM on 01/03/2013
I had an open house for Christmas: breakfast, dinner, bonfire for anyone who wanted to stop by.

In my studio, I made a Love Line: a cord stretched between to slim poles. A bowl of slips of paper, each with a slit in the middle was under it. Colored pens, markers and pencils were there. Every guest who stopped by was asked to please writes something to the residents of Newtown, CT on the slips of paper, then bend them around the line and slide one end through the slit. This "tied" the paper slip onto the Love Line.

The day after Christmas, I wrote a note that read, "As we gathered for our Christmas, our thoughts turned to you. Please know that our hearts broke with yours, please know we hold out our hands to you, please know that a line of love extends from Los Angeles, California to Newtown, Connecticut. We are here for you." and mailed the line and the note to St. Rose of Lima Church.

Every single person cried when they wrote their notes. Some wrote more than one. One young man took half an hour to make a drawing on his. It was important to me, happy and safe and full of joy on Christmas, for them to know they were not going through this awful thing alone. I have no idea what they will do with this Line of Love, I hope it helped in some small way.
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08:24 PM on 01/03/2013
That is so beautiful and touching.
12:32 PM on 01/04/2013
Thanks. I just thought, as I was shopping for the meals and decorating the house how different the Christmas in Newtown was going to be. I used this idea at a 12 Step fund raiser. We called it a Higher Power Line and people wrote whatever they wanted their Higher Power to hear. I then took it to a World Service Conference and during my initial three minute introduction time, asked the Convocation to pray that everyone's Higher Power heard those missives. It was lovely. 

Have a wonderful, safe year. Hug everyone you love, right?
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01:06 PM on 01/03/2013
Can't begin to imagine the feelings in the parents and children. How can a child go off to school, to learn, after what they saw?
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02:57 PM on 01/03/2013
One would hope after a Christmas surrounded by the love of their families, and the support of the nation as a whole, that they were ready for some normalcy. This is a very painful lesson that should never have happened, but since it did, the act of going back will be an act of courage that will shore up their resilience from now on.
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01:03 PM on 01/03/2013
I hope the children and the families and the staff are able to start anew, I hope they never have to see a teacher carry a gun inside their class rooms. May they have a change to heal and to grow up strong.