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CA Supt. of Schools Issues Statement About Conn. School Shooting

"This morning’s shooting in Connecticut is a terrible, senseless tragedy," Torlakson said.

California's Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson issued a statement Friday about the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. in which 27 fatalities have been confirmed by law enforcement.

"This morning’s shooting in Connecticut is a terrible, senseless tragedy," Torlakson said. "Our grief is made all the deeper when we think of the innocence of the lives lost and the valiant efforts of teachers and school leaders to protect them. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the entire school community."

The shooting was reported at about 9:30 a.m. Eastern time in the town with a population of about 28,000. Just after 3:30 p.m Eastern time, law enforcement confirmed 20 children and six adults were killed.

Authorities confirmed the alleged shooter was dead inside the school, which serves children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

In light of the tragedy, President Barack Obama has ordered flags to be flown at half staff at all public institutions until Dec. 18. Teachers and students died, he said.

Snowmanbroomhand December 17, 2012 at 01:36 PM
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Galactic Cannibal December 17, 2012 at 02:47 PM
In the year 2012 there is in my opinion, no logical reason to keep the 2nd. Amendment (right to bear arms.) It costs the USA approx 11,000 citizens murdered every year by use of guns,. including the massacre in Connecticut The second Amendment was created when there was no standing Army and the young USA was a festering criminal sewer (FCS). Today we have a standing army and automatic firing guns and a reduced FCS. , When 2nd Amendment was created there was no automatic firing guns. A single shot Flintlock with poor accuracy was the gun menu at that time. America must stop being the number one gun murder nation on the planet. A person is 5 times more likely to be shot and killed by gun in the USA that in the EU. Could this murder rate be explained by: The EU bans personal ownership of guns The USA does not.
Galactic Cannibal December 17, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Dude , Where does our country rate over the passed 60 years in invading countries who did not attack the USA. Our Dollar bills are printed with the words "In God We Trust" Is that the reason why we are the INVADERS And get our troops slaughtered as well as kill those who did not attack our country. The INVASIONS of Korea Vietnam IRAQ Afghanistan These invasions caused 100,000 young American soldiers to be slaughtered in battle as invaders. As for this religious GOD addiction. I believe that GOD is a man invented cancer of the mind, responsible for death and destruction of millions and millions throughout the ages. Have a tranquil day dude
popeye December 18, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Tea Bagger dreamer....ha ha ha
Brenda December 19, 2012 at 07:19 AM
No, criminals will get guns, rifes, autos however, and whereever they can. We can ban them all they want, and do you ever see many murder;ers or crimes committed with guys using their own licensed guns? Ahhh NO, unless its a quick hit on a husband or wife with the family weapon. We can ban GUNS, but the criminals will have them, and other weapons, and do just as many crimes as they do now, nothing will change. It also takes the rest of our right to protect our own family and home against these thugs. I may be disabled but I can get off my shots with the doubled barrelled sawed off shot gun, or some shots with the 357 with a few hollow points because NO ONE will harm my family. How to prevent these horrible massacures happening at schools and movie theaters we all will have to look AT, and SOON.

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