Sandy Hook Elementary

I received two calls Friday afternoon.  One from the school district, one from my daughter’s school, reassuring me that the schools are safe and the schools have plans in place to deal with potential danger at school.  These calls came shortly after I read about the shooting at the school in Newtown, CT.  My nerves were shot.  I can’t even being to imagine what the parents in Newtown are going through. This type of tragedy has occurred too many times.  It’s heartbreaking.

While it makes sense at this moment to talk about school safety and gun laws, there are other discussions that must take place.  We have to talk about how to recognize a potential threat before another disaster occurs.  We have to have to talk about mental health issues.  We have to talk about the brokenness that seems to be present in our young men (across class and racial lines).  We have to consider what we are “feeding” our children socially and spiritually.  We have to get to the root of the problem before we lose another generation.

The children who were taken in the tragic  events of Friday belong to all of us.  We ALL lost them.  We lost future educators, officers, doctors, nurses and law makers.  They woke up on Friday morning full of hope and open to the endless possibilities the future held for them.  We need to instill that same hope for the future for our children who survived this tragedy.  We need to reassure them and let them know they don’t have to be afraid.

This type of tragedy has a way of reminding us that God is out there.  We question why he would let something like this happen.  I don’t have an answer for that.  But since we are in a state has caused us to look up and question, we need to pray for those directly affected by Friday’s events.  Be sure to also pray for the first responders.  They saw everything.  Pray for the investigators. They have to piece this story together.  Pray for every teacher and administrator at Sandy Hook Elementary.  They will need help dealing with the loss, guiding the students when they return to school and reclaiming the school as a safe place to teach and learn.  Below is a list of children, teachers and administrators that were taken from us.  Pray for their families.  They need to be comforted:

Our Children:

– Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
– Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
– Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
– Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
– Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
– Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
– Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
– Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
– Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
– Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
– James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
– Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
– Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
– Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
– Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
– Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
– Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
– Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
– Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
– Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female


– Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female
– Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
– Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
– Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
– Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
– Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female

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