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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.


Mary Ann
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    I'm so sorry MaryAnn. It's so tragic. When I first heard the news I started reading it outloud to my husband and he asked me to stop. He couldn't take it and neither could I. Sometimes I lose faith in humanity for other things like destrying the earth for profit and this was one of those times I was stuck dumb by the violence of one person. I think we ought to melt the guns. All of them.
    2898 days ago
    The teachers and other staff of the school were true heroes not just during this tragedy but day-in and day-out. I'm hoping at least some good can come from such horrific events in the form of raising folk's awareness of all that our public servants give back to our society. There has been far too many efforts to short-change teachers and many other public servants on the part of "right to work" and other groups.

    I've been part of a Pinterest group who've been sharing many resources, suggestions and editorials related to gun control:


    Keeping everyone affected by the senseless loss of life due to guns in my thoughts and prayers!

    2899 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your story.
    2900 days ago
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I've been praying for all the people who lost their lives as well as their family and friends. I am just so sorry you had to be part of such a terrible, senseless, unspeakable tragedy. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you and yours.
    2900 days ago
    I am so sorry for all of you. What a horrible tragedy.
    2901 days ago
    I can't truly comprehend what your town is going through but it's obvious from what we see on TV that you have come together to help one another. I'm a teacher and my husband is a firefighter. I've thought many times about what the first responders are going through and will continue to go through after seeing what they did. My heart breaks for everyone who has been affected by this tragedy. Bless all of you.
    2901 days ago
    Mary Ann I had no idea you were from Newtown or that you were a teacher. I can not imagine what your town is going through but I am glad to know that you are together working through this tragedy.
    My prayers go out to you and your community. May you all find peace even during this extremely difficult time.
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    Mary Ann, the whole world wept for you on Dec 14 -- I don't think I knew Newtown was your home. I'm so desperately sorry for the unspeakable tragedy that has befallen your beautiful town. It's still impossible to get my head around the horror of it all. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of Newtown over what will surely be a long period of healing. Wishing you and all around you...peace.
    2902 days ago
    From half a world away we are so deeply affected..wounded by what happened.. We cried and prayed for you all and will continue to do so! .. I can not begin to imagine how you must feel.. even now it is still incomprehensible..

    Stay strong! :)
    2902 days ago
    Shanti, Shanti - peace, peace. I know shanti is the Marathi (maybe Hindi, too??) word for peace and probably why you chose your screen name. Peace is so precious. Such a tragedy. I had no idea that you were so close to this tragedy. Thank you for sharing your perspective and stressing the strength of your community. My prayers are with you and all those touched by this tragedy. Continue to be strong. Know the whole country is with you.
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    Mary Ann,
    I had no idea this is where you lived, or I would have come by to check on you sooner! I am so sorry for everything you are going through right now. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you, and everyone in Newtown, and everyone affected by this tragedy.
    If there is anything I can do to help you, please let me know!!

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    We are so terribly sorry for you loss. It was /is an absolutely horrific event. I am from a small town in New York state that had a hostage situation at our school, where I work. Although there is always terror and fear, and we will never forget the horror that we were fortunate enough to survive. I was amazed at how our town banned together to help us, it was incredible. This horrible situation in our town brought the town close, we protected each other, we fed each other, we bonded in ways others cannot imagine. Bless you all, stay strong for each other, be there to help each other, hold each other, listen to each other and most important, hug each other

    2903 days ago
    I am so sorry for your community's horrific loss.
    2903 days ago
    Bless your town....today in our city of Altoona PA a man walked out of his house with a gun and randomly shot and killed 3 people...shot and injured several cops...then was killed himself by the cops...this small city rarely sees anything of this magnatude....all we can do is pray
    2903 days ago
    I am so for the loss of those fine people, those innocent children, those fractured families. I'm thrilled that the community has come together in strength and peace. I hope that in time the healing will begin. You sound rightfully proud of your community. Stay strong and know that we observed a moment of silence today at work to honor those slain at Sandy Hill and prayed for those who survived.

    Thank you for sharing your perspective.


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