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Written on the memorial page on facebook

“ This morning I woke up, looked at the Connecticut sky. I had a good feeling I can’t tell you why.

I kissed Mommy goodbye, and told Daddy I love you. And before we separated at the sign, I told sister see you soon.

The bell rung, we all rushed inside. It was warm and loving like a campfire light.

The teacher smiled, my friends waved hello. We started class, but before you know…

The door bus

ted
open, a man with a gun. I was scared and broken I looked at the sun.

The same sun I saw with so much love. Now brought me worry but I’d stay tough.

I felt a pain go through my whole body. I saw a light and an awful goodbye.

I saw Mommy’s face, her beautiful, soft lips. I kissed her this morning, she was something I’d miss.

I smelled Daddy’s cologne, when he hugged me today. He left for work, not knowing what life would take.

Sister was only a few blocks away, in a classroom, I could see I’ll never get to say how much she means to me.

My 6th birthday was coming soon, I was dreaming of ponies dolls and shoes.

Then I felt a hand touch my face. I was overwhelmed in an amazing grace.

God said to me, "don’t be worried, child. you’ve been here before. it’s just been a while.”

I looked on my back, where I found wings. I felt a halo and clouds under my feet.

With me, when I looked, were my friends by my side. That man sent us here, but I’m alright.

Maybe he was sick, maybe he was crazy. Maybe he hurt us because he was hurting, maybe?

Love with everything, always smile a lot. Over the few years their pain because of me. I watched my family break apart but they knew I was in their hearts.

Although it’s tough, although it’s hard I think God would want us to forgive the killer in our hearts.

Maybe this will teach you to never regret a thing. Be happy with what God gave you, because you could’ve been me.

Now, maybe I was young, maybe I didn’t deserve it. But maybe I taught a lesson, now please… learn it.

Love with everything, always smile a lot. Remember this lesson, that I taught. Wipe the tears, enjoy the years. Time goes by fast, you don’t know which day is your last.

Pray for my family, for my friend’s family, too. I’m sure they’ll be grateful, and thankful to you.

I’m an angel, all brand new. I came up here this afternoon. I would be 6 years old, but God has a plan. Remember this feeling of distraught, remember this lesson that I taught.“ </3
Twenty

Now there will be 20 funerals instead of …

20 birthdays
20 graduations
20 hopes and dreams
20 weddings
20 parents 
20 people growing old and living out their life’s.
20 futures 


What and who did we lose today? 
A future doctor?
Lawyer?
Astronaut?
Nobel peace prize winner?
Cancer curer?
President?
A homeless person? 


It doesn’t matter, because all 20 of them were somebody’s daughter or son. They had so much ahead of them, and no matter what they would have gone on to do or become, they deserved to have the chance to do it. And now they don’t. They were children. 20 angels lost right before Christmas.  20 children ripped away from their parents. Just because one child didn’t like theirs.  

20 families ruined.
20. 

I had a class with Adam Lanza in 2008. It was computer repair with Mr. Swetts at Newtown High School. He had an autism spectrum disorder. He was a very quiet and polite kid. as a result of this information getting out i am afraid that autistic kids will be even more stigmatized. kids with autism spectrum disorders are already treated like shit in high school. i will be praying for all of the victims of the tragedy in my hometown today.

Someone recently posted this on Facebook, saying it is from the CT tragedy that occurred the other day. Others have argued that it is from something else, like a funeral.

“Regardless of whether this photo is from this specific incident or not. These officers, EMS and Fire personnel are the ones who walk in and see the aftermath of such horrific events. They go to work every day, knowing they may see things that no one should ever have to see. This post isn’t about what someone did to cause it, it is to show that first responders are human too, their hearts beat the same as the rest of us and they are willing to not only make the physical ultimate sacrifice but the mental and emotional sacrifice that these type of incidents can take on a person. They are heroes for what they do and what they endure.”

Thoughts and love go out to all the people involved in this unspeakable tragedy.

This morning I woke up,
looked at the Connecticut sky.
I had a good feeling

I can’t tell you why.

I kissed Mommy goodbye,
and told Daddy I love you.
And before we separated at the sign,
I told sister see you soon.

The bell rung,
we all rushed inside.
It was warm and loving
like a campfire light.

The teacher smiled,
my friends waved hello.
We started class,
but before you know..

The door busted open,
a man with a gun.
I was scared and broken
I looked at the sun.

The same sun I saw
with so much love.
Now brought me worry
but I’d stay tough.

I felt a pain
go through my whole body.
I saw a light
and an awful goodbye.

I saw Mommy’s face,
her beautiful, soft lips.
I kissed her this morning,
she was something I’d miss.

I smelled Daddy’s cologne,
when he hugged me today.
He left for work,
not knowing what life would take.

Sister was only a few blocks away,
in a classroom, I could see
I’ll never get to say
how much she means to me.

My 6th birthday was coming soon,
I was dreaming of ponies
dolls
and shoes.

Then I felt a hand
touch my face.
I was overwhelmed
in an amazing grace.

God said to me,
“don’t be worry, child.
you’ve been here before.
it’s just been a while.”

I looked on my back,
where I found wings.
I felt a halo
and clouds under my feet.

With me, when I looked,
were my friends by my side.
That man sent us here,
but I”m alright.

Maybe he was sick,
maybe he was crazy.
Maybe he hurt us
because he was hurting, maybe?

I watch the tears
all over the country.
Over the few years
their pain because of me.

I watched my family
break apart.
but they knew
I was in their hearts.

I don’t know much,
but I know this;
my mommy should’ve never
had to bury her own kid.

Although it’s tough,
although it’s hard
I think God would want us to forgive
the killer in our hearts.

What you dont know,
but what I’ll tell you,
is I’m just fine.
in this heaven of mine.

Maybe this will teach you
to never regret a thing.
Be happy with what God gave you,
because you could’ve been me.

Pray for my family,
for my friend’s family, too.
I’m sure they’ll be grateful,
and thankful to you.

I’m an angel,
all brand new.
I came up here
this afternoon.

I would be 6 years old,
but God has a plan.
Remember this feeling of distraught,
remember this lesson that I taught.

Written by J.J. 12/14/12
Edited by S.Z. 12/14/12
Ct Shooting

My stomach is in knots and I’ve been vomiting this rotten feeling that I have gotten since I’ve been watching the news where it said 27 dead in an elementary school shooting. What possess the mind of someone? Are they hauntingly blind to the sacredness of humanity and innocence? Children…
I cry….
Children not old enough to understand the why.
Children….
My mothers gut is twisted into my spine thinking about the babies.
The children…
Who didn’t have a mother or father’s hand to hold as the twisted.metal shot through hot steel pierced their flesh and robbed their soul. I’m screaming inside. Children rest now please find a home. The danger of a stranger took you all away before the story of a full life could be told. Your parents are lonely and cold. Children….. rest your souls.

You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem.

— 

Surprising message from Morgan Freeman. He blames the media for CT shooting.

Morgan Freeman’s take on what happened yesterday.

TURN OFF THE NEWS

“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.


It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count "holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.“
Regarding the tragedies today

In case you hadn’t heard, a recent report says a shooting in a Connecticut school today killed 27 people, 18 of which were children.  Numbers are going back and forth - some reports say 27 individuals were killed, others say 24.  Regardless, this is a tragic event, and if there are any support groups that will help these people (please send them in if you know of any), they will be spread here.

Also today, at an elementary school in China, 23 individuals were attacked by a knife-wielding citizen.  22 were children.  Details on the attack are largely unknown for the moment.

I’d like to remind everyone of some things NOT to do:

  • joke about these events.
  • get on a high horse and preach your views about these events (I’ve already seen two posts blaming the shooting on the killer’s lack of religious belief.  This is completely inappropriate, not to mention ignorant).
  • belittle these events by reminding everyone that there are worse things happening that go unnoticed; this is true, and a sad fact that needs to be remembered, but belittling the grief of those affected doesn’t help in any way.
  • blame Obama or any other government section for the events.  Gun laws are something that desperately need to be reevaluated in the USA, and China is a whole other issue, but blaming these figures will do nothing to help, and frankly that’s pretty ridiculous.  Discussion is good.  Finger-pointing is useless and disrespectful.

Let’s send out our best thoughts, or prayers, or whatever good wishes are appropriate for you, to these people.  However, as much as I’m sure the victims would appreciate being in our thoughts, any tangible act will be much more helpful.  If any injured victims lack health care or insurance, as with the cinema shooting, I’m sure they would appreciate a donation more than a prayer.  If there are any such opportunities that arise, please let me know.

Here's why its important to understand the weaponry used in this tragedy

I was cruising through my tv channels looking for more information on this shooting and stopped for a couple seconds on FoxNews.  As would be predicted, they were declaring that this tragedy would not have taken so many if there had just been some responsible adult with a gun there.

Here’s the problem with that statement.  The gunman was dressed to defend from another gunman.  He was wearing fatigues and reportedly some amount of body armor.  He also had a military style rifle much like a M-16 and two semi automatic handguns.  He didn’t want to be stopped.  But more importantly, the person who would have been able to stop him would have had to have similar weaponry.  

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my children going to school with militarized soldiers roaming the hallways.  It just doesn’t seem like a relaxed environment conducive to learning to me. They should feel safe, but they also shouldn’t be constantly walking through a war zone.  And this is coming from a military parent who has a child going to school on a military base.

The sentiment that more guns would have helped here is an ignorant one at best.

This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know what every parent in America will do, which is hug our children tighter, and we’ll tell them that we love them. And we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut who will not do that tonight. They need all of us right now.
—  President Obama
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Genuine, heartfelt and appropriate response to this tragedy by @BarackObama. Our thoughts and prayers to out to CT.