Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Although there have been plenty of discussions about gun control, what about the topic of taking a closer look at mental health issues?
In the wake of the tragedy that took the lives of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a blogger from across the country was arguably the first to break through the noise and galvanize a debate around mental health. Liza Long’s blog post about raising a mentally ill child, “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” talks about her experiences raising her 13-year-old son, whom she describes as a gifted but unpredictable child who has threatened to kill her and himself. As she put it, “I love my son. But he terrifies me." Her blog post quickly went viral, got picked up by the The Huffington Post and others, earned a million likes on Facebook, and led to Long's appearance on CNN to talk about the way mental illness…
Saturday, December 22, 2012
In a press conference held Friday morning, the head of the NRA called for armed police officers to guard our nations schools
During its first press conference since the Sandy Hook School shooting last Friday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) called for schools to be armed with police officers. "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said NRA executive Wayne LaPierre. He said school children defenseless "and the predators of the world know it and exploit it." LaPierre urged Congress ”to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school in this nation. Middletown Resident Craig Pruitt says the NRA's idea is worth considering. "It maybe more effective and cheaper than banning guns," he said on Facebook. "Also, it will create jobs." At least one Patch reader does not agree. "We can't even afford …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Governor Chafee asked bells be rung 26 times tomorrow in honor of the victims of Sandy Hook, the Diocese ask they ring 28 times, to include the mother and the shooter in our prayers
To honor the memory of the 26 victims who lost their lives in the shootings, Governor Lincoln Chafee has called for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and has asked that buildings, which have the ability, ring bells 26 times during that moment in honor the victims. The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island recommends churches ring the bells 28 times, which would include a ring for both the shooter and his mother. "We think praying for all souls best reflects Christ’s message of forgiveness and love for all, and that we should especially pray for those souls who may need our prayers the most," said Ruth Meteer, Communications Director for the Diocese. Patch reader Lisa De Chambeau said a ring should be included for his …
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Governor Lincoln Chafee has declared Friday, December 21, 2012 – the one-week anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT – a "Day of Mourning" in the State of Rhode Island. To honor the memory of the 26 victims who lost their lives in the shootings, the Governor has also called for a statewide moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. on that day and has asked that buildings, which have the ability, ring bells 26 times during that moment in honor of each life that was taken. "The past week has been one of great pain for the community of Newtown, the State of Connecticut, and our country as a whole," Governor Chafee said. "Each day, we see reports of funeral services for children taken from their families too …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
President Obama will announce his thoughts on gun policy Wednesday
As Newtown buries the victims this week, the conversation for gun control is already in full swing. President Barack Obama will announce his thoughts on gun policy Wednesday, according to CNN. Some say it is too soon to engage in these political discussions. "With a doubt it is too early," said Montalvo on the Middletown Patch Facebook page. "I am tired of people making this a political issue! For goodness sake let the families grieve." Others remained fierce in their belief that stricter gun control regulations would have prevented such a killing, saying the victims were shot multiple times and with semi-automatic weapons, according to Fox News. The National Rifle Association (NRA) of America made their first statement on Tuesday about …
Monday, December 17, 2012
How a Middletown mother answered this question
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Monday, December 17, 2012
“There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster.” – The Dalai Lama When unthinkable tragedy strikes, we grapple for a way to come to terms with the how and the why. We search for ways to make sense of what happened, even when it doesn't make sense. The horrific shooting that took place at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT, on Friday, Dec. 14, stunned a nation as the news broke that not one child, but 20 six- and seven-year-old children and six of their teachers had been shot and killed by a gunman who then took his own life. Most communities can only begin to imagine the sorrow …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Contributions can be made to the "Sandy Hook School Support Fund" through the United Way of Western Connecticut
In the aftermath of Friday's horrifying shooting in Newtown, Conn., the world is left stunned and overwhelmed. Many are expressing feelings of helplessness and ask "how can I help?" The website of Connecticut Govenor Dannel Malloy, links to United Way of Western Connecticut's Sandy Hook School Support Fund. United Way of Western Connecticut has partnered with Newtown Savings Bank to create the 'Sandy Hook School Support Fund' that will be able to provide support services to the families and community that has been affected. Here is how you can contribute: Check donations may be mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470 Credit cards can be processed online here. For questions …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Hoboken man learns his brother killed 27 people, including their mother.
Ryan Lanza was at his job in Manhattan on Friday when news outlets began to report that he had massacred 20 school children in a sleepy Connecticut town. The reports said Lanza, a 24-year-old Quinnipiac University graduate, had murdered someone in his Hoboken apartment and then drove to Newtown, Conn., where he used a .223 caliber rifle to kill 27 people before turning the gun on himself. The dead included his mother, Nancy, a kindergarten teacher. Lanza's thoughts quickly went to his developmentally disabled younger brother, Adam, who he began to fear may have been responsible for the violence at Sandy Hook elementary school, friends said. As media reports continued to name Ryan Lanza as the shooter and plastered his face across world, …
Resources will be made available to Middletown Public School students on Monday
Middletown Superintendant Rosmarie Kraeger said that guidance, nurses, social workers and school psychologists will be available Monday to support students that might have questions or anxieties about Friday morning's shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn. She also asked principals to be vigilant about doors being properly closed and to review safety plans. "This is a very tragic situation that will cause anxiety for us all," said Kraeger. "Our thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this horrible situation. Click here for resources on how to discuss the incident with children.