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Local Reaction To Sandy Hook Shootings

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People grieve outside the overflow area of a vigil at the Saint Rose of Lima church in Newtown, Connecticut December 14, 2012. REUTERS-Shannon Stapleton
People grieve outside the overflow area of a vigil at the Saint Rose of Lima church in Newtown, Connecticut December 14, 2012. REUTERS-Shannon Stapleton

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - One of the deadliest school shootings in the United States took place Friday in Newtown, Connecticut, where a 20-year-old man opened fire inside two classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 26 people including 20 children, before taking his own life.

Coldwater Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Tina Kerr released a statement yesterday that was posted to the district’s website, http://www.coldwaterschools.org, reminding parents that the safety of the district’s schoolchildren is an important priority. The statement says: “We are saddened to learn about the devastation at Sandy Hook Elementary School. With this news, we are reminded about the importance of providing the safest learning environment for our students and staff. Please know that Coldwater Community Schools has safety and crisis protocols in place. We will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to keep students and our schools safe.”

The timing couldn’t have been more unfortunate for one of the many bills that Michigan State Legislators approved just hours before the senseless tragedy in Sandy Hook. It would allow citizens with advanced Concealed Weapons Permits to carry guns into most of the settings where guns are now banned, everywhere from stadiums to daycare centers, churches to bars and including schools, which would have the option to impose their own bans, as the bill is written. Jase Bolger’s spokesman, Ari Adler, issued a statement saying that guns in the hands of citizens can prevent such incidents and the issue shouldn’t be politicized. It’s not clear if Governor Rick Snyder will sign the bill.

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