Newtown, CT is my home
Friday, December 21, 2012
My home town for the last 30 years has been Newtown, CT, a small, quiet, picturesque New England town, where nothing out of the ordinary ever happens. I have worked in the school system here for 12 years, the first two years at Sandy Hook School where this horrific tragedy took place. Two of my friends were at work at SHS on 12/14/12, when our world here changed forever. Teachers I worked with years ago, still work at the school. Six of the children in our school lost innocent little siblings on that horrible Friday morning. I too was at school, a few miles away, in lock down, wondering what report was true, and hoping, praying, begging that the last report we heard, the one with the number 26, was a big mistake. This just couldn't be right, the hospitals reported only three casualties had arrived, where were the rest of the children?
Well. we all know what happened, there's no need to repeat what newscasters all over the country, all over the world have been reporting. But what many people don't know is how our town responded to this horrific act. We came together in LOVE, that's what we did. And although we were angry, we came together in PEACE. We reached out to each other for comfort, to offer our services, to just sit and pray together....and we have begun the healing process. We created memorials, we made ribbons to wear in support of the Sandy Hook School community, we brought food, we found another school to send those Sandy Hook students to when they return to school, we have been STRONG...together.
The media has grouped this senseless act with Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora and even 9/11, and for all of us everywhere, our world has been rocked once again.
Please take a moment of silence or offer a prayer for the families of those directly impacted, for the first responders who should never have had to witness something so horrific, for the brave teachers who gave their lives to protect their students, and for those of us in the community who are starting to pick up the pieces and help our community to heal.