Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Here are some ways to reach out to the families affected by the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
On Friday, a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school stunned the country. In the days that have followed, the Patch site in Newtown, Connecticut, has been filled with reflective essays, photos of vigils from across the country and countless offers to help in the form of fundraisers, therapy services, memorial gifts and more. If you’re looking for a way to reach out to those families, Newtown Patch has a list of the charities chosen by the families of the victims. This article is also being updated with more charity opportunities every day. In Brecksville, a Patch reader is trying to put together a memorial walk for Friday. The reader is still looking for a location; check out the announcement for how to help. If you know of any …
Monday, December 17, 2012
An expert shares advice for parents who are trying to explain the Newtown school shooting to their children.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy, parents are wondering what to tell their children about what happened and how to help them process what they may be hearing from friends, on television and via social media. Lauren Hutchinson, LMFT is a child and family therapist and parenting consultant with a practice in Bellevue, WA. She says step one for parents is to “turn off the TV.” “We don’t want to have the TV playing in the background all the time. It isn’t helpful and the news is traumatizing for kids to watch.” For kids age 7 and younger Hutchinson says, “you want to shield them from the media coverage completely and parents should not initiate a conversation about the event because kids this age cannot make sense of …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Police in Newtown, Conn. were called to an elementary school at about 9:30 a.m. after a gunman allegedly opened fire at the school. The president spoke to the nation Friday afternoon.
Connecticut police said Friday afternoon that 26 people, including 20 children, were killed at an elementary school after a gunman opened fire. The Scene Newtown Police were called to the school at about 9:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call. They alerted Connecticut State Police and authorities began an active shooter investigation once they arrived at the school, according to Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance. Authorities said the gunman was found dead inside the school. He was allegedly 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 that his 8-year-old daughter said …
Read Newtown Patch’s coverage for the latest news.
Tragedy struck in a Patch town in Connecticut Friday morning when news broke that there had been a shooting at a local elementary school. The number of fatalities hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the Associated Press is reporting that 27 people are dead, including 18 children, Newtown Patch reports. Information about the suspected shooter is now available in the story, and the article is being updated as information becomes available. Visit Newtown Patch for the full story.