Friday, December 28, 2012
If you are licensed to own a gun, do you care if your name and address are publicized?
A news publication in New York is under scrutiny for publishing the names and addresses of gun owners in certain parts of the state. Less than two weeks after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., the New York Journal News earlier this week published the names and addresses of local gun owners in three New York counties. A story titled, "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood," highlights the names and addresses of residents who are licensed to own handguns. The information was obtained through Freedom of Information Law requests, according to The Huffington Post. The Journal News reportedly requested the information from New York's Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, though the …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Even as Wayland Public Schools are supporting students, staff and parents in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings, conversations about school security are taking place.
The Wayland School Committee meeting Monday night began on a somber note as members of the committee and meeting attendees observed a moment of silence to reflect on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. “I want to acknowledge and thank the staff at all the schools for their care and vigilance in a moment like this," Superintendent Paul Stein said following the silence. Principals from Wayland's schools were in attendance Monday night. "We really count on the staff for being especially alert to kids and using their day-to-day knowledge of kids to recognize when something is amiss, but, equally important, to provide the comfort of a normal schedule.” Stein said that principals and administrators communicated throughout the …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Does the massacre at Newtown, Conn., signal the need for a political debate on gun regulations?
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Before officials had even held their first press conference Friday, Facebook was abuzz with status updates about the Newtown, Conn, tragedy. The statuses were split between those sending their condolences and those asking if the country would finally deal with the issue of gun control. Some fought back, asking for respect and mourning before political debate began. Others remained fierce in their belief that stricter gun control regulations would have prevented such a mass killing, saying the victims were shot multiple times and with semi-automatic weapons, according to Fox News. The guns were not illegal and were, in fact, owned by the shooter's mother. Among them were a semi-automatic .223 caliber bushmaster rifle and two handguns. Those…
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Help Patch build a huge virtual card to the Newtown, CT community and let them know they are in your heart and on your mind.
“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 sorrow …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Wayland Superintendent Paul Stein circulated a document drafted by professionals with Wayland's community mental health agency, The Human Relations Service.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Wayland Superintendent Paul Stein let parents know this afternoon that Wayland Public Schools will be available to help parents in any possible way as they help their children cope with the tragic shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. Stein also circulated a document written by Robert Evans, Ed.D. and Mark Kline, Psy.D. from The Human Relations Service that provides some guidance in how to help children respond to the tragedy. The text of that document is below: Unbelievably, there has been yet another school shooting, this time with awful carnage, 20 students and 6 teachers dead. And barely two hours from Boston. We have had too many of these in America. And when it happens not just again but so nearby, our sense of fragility …
Superintendent addresses Newtown, Conn., tragedy.
In the wake of the horrific news of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. today, Wayland Superintendent Paul Stein is offering support and reassurance for parents. "To many of us, our perception of who we are as a community begins with our schools," Stein writes in a message sent this afternoon via the superintendent's listserv. "Parents entrust their children to the schools, and schools are trusted to be safe places." Stein reminded families that Wayland is a community that has shown care and support for one another in times of crisis. "Nothing can take that away," he writes. Stein added that parents will be talking with their children in a developmentally appropriate way about this tragedy and he encouraged them to contact the…
Local and state police in Newtown, Conn. were called to an elementary school at about 9:30 this morning after a gunman allegedly opened fire at the school.
NEWTOWN, CT -- Connecticut police said Friday afternoon that 26 people, including 20 children, were killed at an elementary school after a gunman opened fire. Another adult was killed at a second location. The Scene Police in Newtown were called to the Sandy Hook School at about 9:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call Friday morning. Authorities said the gunman was found dead inside the school. He was reportedly armed with four guns and a high-powered assault rifle. Authorities said during a press conference that they have retrieved three weapons from the scene. A parent interviewed on CBS News told the network on Friday that his 8-year-old daughter said she heard an argument and cursing over the school’s loudspeaker, apparently coming …