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June 9, 2016

Growing Gay Up in Jamaica {Award Winning Novelist}



                                                                         


Living as a closeted gay man in Jamaica drove novelist Marlon James to such despair that he once wrote he knew he had to leave "in a plane or a coffin." 
He left, on a plane for the United States, seemingly confirming Time magazine's 2006 headline that the Caribbean island was "The Most Homophobic Place on Earth." 
Back for the Calabash International Literary Festival, which features poets, novelists and writers from across the globe, the 2015 Man Booker Prize winner said his own story was actually more complicated. 
"The thing about Jamaica, for such a small country, is that there are 10 different Jamaicas and the one you live in is not necessarily the one that everyone else lives in," said James, 45. 
He described his milieu as for the most part "uptown," very different from the Jamaica that makes headlines as a place where gay people are beaten to death by mobs. International media painted a one-sided picture of his home country, James said. 
"They have a narrative that Jamaica is a place where these anti-gay Gestapos are running around killing people that they are just so desperate to get that narrative." 
Rather than a fear of being killed, the "coffin" comment he wrote in a 2015 New York Times article referred to touching rock bottom and contemplating suicide as he struggled with his identity. 
"I didn't think I could live here as a gay man. But I didn't need a beating to find that out," he said. 
The divide between the better off "uptown" and underprivileged "downtown" creates a constant tension on the island, one addressed in "A Brief History of Seven Killings," James' novel about an assassination attempt on Bob Marley that catapulted the author to global fame. 
The class divide is especially acute for gay people. 
A poor gay Jamaican can face violence on the streets, but an "uptown" gay Jamaican can be tacitly accepted, or at least tolerated. 
"It's the one country in the world I have a right to be in. In the sense that I can step into Jamaica with a sense of entitlement because I am entitled to my country," said James, who lives in Minneapolis and teaches at Macalester College. 
"Which is not to say I'm kidding myself that everything is fine or that I could walk down the street holding some guy's hand or anything like that." 
"The reason that homophobia is so acute in Jamaica is because the church supports it," said the former church-goer who underwent attempts to cure him of being gay. 
But James also acknowledged churches as the "lifeblood" of many communities and a constructive force. 
James has come back to Jamaica three times so far this year, and credits the Calabash Festival for the publication of his first novel. It was at a workshop at the bi-annual event that U.S. author Kaylie Jones convinced James to resurrect the book after multiple rejections. 
"This is also a place where I discovered so much of the world of literature. This is the place where my mind was first blown, in a way. It's a sense of familiarity and family and also discovery. Also, it's nice seeing a beach," he said, sitting by the Caribbean Sea. 
James said he was not ready to move back to a country he had left when he was 37, because of the opportunities for writers in the United States. 
"There's a literary community, there's support, there's infrastructure, there are grants. There are all these things in place to help the writer where I live that are just not here." 
by Rebekah Kedebe

November 30, 2013

Bullying Starts at Primary School


Get the Gears Rolling on Your Child's IEP
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Preliminary results of monitoring for this type of bullying
 suggests that 36% of secondary pupils in the region have
 reported being targeted.
About 71% of those young people said the abuse started when they were at primary school.
The information is contained in a paper to Highland councillors meeting next week.
Highland Council monitors various forms of bullying at its schools, but officers report that there was a gap in the local authority's knowledge of the extent and impact of homophobic bullying.
According to Stonewall, the behavior is targeted at someone who is lesbian, gay or bisexual, or because people think they are.

This is also the time to stop the bullying not only on a particular district but in a universal way, explains adamfoxie.blogspot.com
We need to catch those kids before they grow up and become either killers of gay men or questioning young men becoming killers in school. Everything like a group in AZ reclaims that everything comes back to basics.
In their report, Highland Council officers said: "There is little information on the extent and impact of homophobic bullying in Highland schools, while at the same time the international literature shows that this form of prejudice based bullying has universal impact on school ethos and pupil well-being.
"The psychological service has been working with Highland Youth Voice Executive to produce a survey that can address this gap in knowledge."
Invergordon Academy has piloted the survey and, following analysis, the results will be published early next year.
The paper will be discussed next week's meeting of the community safety, public engagement and equalities committee.
So far for the 2013-14 academic year, the council’s education performance management unit has also recorded six racist incidents.
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October 19, 2013

If We Forget The Children on Immigration Reform We Will Reap What We Saw


two latino kids at a desk FNL



In all of the heated rhetoric and frequent invective about undocumented immigrants and the need for immigration reform, it appears that we are missing a large piece of the puzzle: the impact of our broken immigration system on the future of our nation's children.
The 11 million or so undocumented immigrants currently in the United States are raising approximately 4.5 million U.S. citizen children. Almost all of them were born in the United States, and many of them have a U.S. citizen parent.
What type of children do we want them to be as adult. Do we want them without education so they would be the next generation of druggies, muggers, murderers? The law on this children is clear. Born here, citizen here. There are many plans that have been put in place, particularly by the previous administration in which families are scare off  with jail to make scare of leaving their kids.  They are told is best to go at the expense of the government than separate in hopes that they wont be split and mothers and fathers will take their kids instead of leaving them behind which in itself is an enormous sacrifice.
Many parents have decided with much pain and sorrow that it will be better for their children to stay and be citizens of this nation. Hopping that if they are still alive when they children start the work force may be they will help. But in any case most loving parents will decide for what is best for their children not for them personally.
Once the negotiators on immigration comprehend that, may be they can get it off the table and go into something else. But it is so important that these kids are raised as normal children not pariahs, because either way the nation will pay  the price or get the rewards.
In 2012, an estimated 152,426 U.S. citizen children lost at least one parent to deportation. Since 1998, more than half a million U.S. citizen children watched as at least one of their parents was placed in handcuffs, taken to jail and then deported with no legal right of reunification in this country. These figures do not include the hundreds of thousands of other children eligible for status under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals whose parents have also been deported.
Say what you will about "anchor babies" and birthright citizenship, the fact remains that under the U.S. Constitution, a child born in this country is a citizen of the United States. These children will grow up to be the workforce that pays taxes to build roads and bridges and sustain us in our old age, to serve in the Army and Navy and Air Force that protect our borders and our national security, who will be our grandchildren's teachers and doctors and firefighters and police officers and, yes, even our politicians.
As a nation, we need to understand that the policies we embrace now - or fail to change - will have a significant and lasting effect on the next generation of Americans. Studies have shown that children with at least one parent who is undocumented experience symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder at rates higher than veterans returning from war zones. This is true regardless of whether the family has had an actual experience with immigration authorities - children who live in constant fear of losing a parent experience anxiety, fearfulness, sadness, repeated memories, thoughts, dreams or images about losing a parent, avoid activities like school or sports, and report being hyper-alert or vigilant.
 Forget humanitarian and moral concerns - do we want to raise a generation of kids who are so stressed as children that they are less able to lead long productive lives to support the rest of us?
What happens when children grow up in a constant state of fear? Mental health professionals call this "toxic stress." When children, or adults, live for long periods of time with high levels of fear or anxiety, stress-induced hormones like adrenalin and cortisol cause physical changes in the body, changes that have been shown to lead to chronic illnesses like diabetes or high blood pressure or heart disease.
Speaking of productivity, how does having an undocumented parent or parents affect a child's educational prospects? As you can probably guess, it is not for the better. A 2010 Urban Institute study of immigration-related raids in six different U.S. cities showed that 20 percent of children in these communities experienced a decline in their grades following the raids. Children with at least one undocumented parent have more trouble concentrating on their schoolwork and are more likely to miss school days or change schools than children with citizen parents.
In addition, lack of resources and fear of deportation result in lower usage of health services, including well-child care, vaccinations and other basic health care services, which also will have a negative impact on academic readiness and learning. As a result, these bilingual U.S. citizen children are growing up with less-than-optimum health, education or occupational training.
Again, setting aside moral or humanitarian concerns, these are the children who are going to grow up to take care of the rest of us. From a purely selfish perspective, don't we want our next generation of citizens to be the best they can be?
Comprehensive immigration reform is what needs to happen. Families, the basic building block of our civilization, need to be our priority. Children need to grow up in secure homes, attend school and access basic health services without being in constant fear that mom will not return from an outing to the grocery store or that dad will be arrested simply for working to support his family.
We can do this. We must do this for our own futures.
Ann Webb is a Houston lawyer, currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work.
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April 25, 2013

4th Grader’s Opinion About Gays } “Get Over it"



-What is one fourth grader's argument for marriage equality?  Essentially, "Get over it."
When the fourth grader's teacher posted a photo of the essay on Reddit, a social news site where registered users can post content, Wednesday,  it quickly took off.
"One of my fourth grade students chose gay marriage as his topic for a persuasive essay," the teacher, Reddit user rafa3l2, wrote. "This is the result.  More sense than some adults."
The  student wrote:
"Why gay people should be able to get married is you can't stop two adult's from getting married because there grown and it doesn't matter if it creeps you out just get over it.  And you should be happy for them because it's a big moment in their life.  When I went to my grandparents wedding it was the happies moment."
"I am not sharing this because of how perfect the sentences are, but because of how clear his thought process is on this specific issue," the teacher wrote on Reddit. "It isn't as simple as pointing out mistakes and spelling errors."
The essay, errors and all,  has since been posted on Huffington PostBuzzfeedTowleroad, and shared on social media sites, such as Tumblr.
Other recent letters and emails  have also hit emotional notes and gone viral.
Last month, a young girl's letter to Yosemite National Park also touched  hearts when a park ranger posted an image of the letter on  Reddit, noting the girl's admirable attempt to return two sticks she had accidentally taken from the park.
While the fourth grade writer's essay might not change any laws,  GLAAD, an organization that supports equality for  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, fully endorses the student's efforts.
"This fourth grader is echoing what a majority of Americans of all ages now feel, and perfectly represents the respect for diversity that this student's generation is learning," Wilson Cruz, a GLAAD spokesperson, told ABCNews.com.
"This student is absolutely correct in saying that marriage is a ‘big moment' for a couple, and creates a sturdy foundation for the rest of their lives.
"Children are wiser than we often give them credit for."

March 13, 2013

A Child Sex Abused Conclave{Locked,Secret}



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A plain clothes policeman watches Francesco Zanardi. As he waits for his moment just outside the Vatican in St Peter's Square, Zanardi's intention is clear. So is the policeman's.
The 42-year-old from Savona has traveled 550 kilometers [342 miles] to Rome, determined to make a delivery at the Vatican.
The policeman, however, is just as determined to stop him. Zanardi clutches a red case, emblazoned with a picture of Domenico Calcagno -- one of the cardinals who will elect a new pope in the conclave this week -- across it are the words, "Fuori Dal Conclave" or "Out of the Conclave.”

It's stuffed with thousands of signed letters all claiming that Calcagno covered up the serial sex abuse of a priest in northern Italy. They want the cardinal to be disqualified from voting in the conclave. But no one is more insistent than Francesco Zanardi.


 
 {CNN Explains: Papal succession}
When he was an 11-year-old altar boy in 1981 at the Santissime Anunziate church in the town of Spotorno, Zanardi says he was raped by Father Nello Giraudo at least once a week for 5 years. He says many of his school friends also suffered repeated abuse at the hands of Giraudo.
"I didn't have [consensual] sex until I was 26," Zanardi says in Italian. "I was using drugs, I used to inject heroin. I went into rehab and had counseling, and later realized I was taking drugs because of the abuse."
His quest to reveal the truth behind what happened to him eventually uncovered a cache of damning documents that went all the way to former Pope Benedict XVI.
First Zanardi attempted to prosecute Giraudo for the abuse he suffered but the statute of limitations had expired in his case. So he had to pursue other means of gaining justice. Only last year, Giraudo was convicted for sexually abusing a boy at a Catholic boy scouts retreat in the Piedmont Mountains in 2005.
Giraudo pled guilty and Zanardi was instrumental in the trial. He gave evidence and convinced four boys, who were allegedly sexually abused by Giraudo, to do the same and prove the former priest was a serial abuser. Despite the long pattern of behavior, Giraudo was sentenced as a first-time offender and given a suspended one year prison term. As a witness, Zanardi was allowed to request all the evidence from the court. He was astonished by what he discovered.
On 8th September 2003, Calcagno, who was at the time the Bishop of Savona, wrote to Cardinal Ratzinger who was then the Vatican's enforcer of church doctrine and responsible for investigations into the sexual abuse of minors by clergy.
Calcagno's letter read: "I would request your kind advice on how I should act in view of the fact that the priest intends to continue his pastoral work. As far as possible, I intend to avoid him having any responsibilities which might bring him into contact with children or adolescents."
Watch: Papal conclave 101  [back to CNN site]
This letter was accompanied by a church dossier on Giraudo, compiled by then Bishop Calcagno's chief aide, Vicar General, Andrea Giusto. "Nothing has leaked to the papers. No complaints have been filed with the police," read Giusto's report.
"The documents were ugly to read," Zanardi told CNN. The church was concerned with the well-being of a pedophile, but they don't talk about a victim. The victims aren't even taken into consideration the only thing they are trying save is the image of the church."
Despite incontrovertible evidence against Giraudo, Calcagno didn't kick the pedophile priest out of the church. Instead, he was given counseling, sent to work with prison inmates and simply moved from parish to parish. He was even allowed to set-up and run a care home for troubled children in the church rectory. We don't know Cardinal Ratzinger's response to this letter. Two years later -- in 2005 -- Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI.
Further documents reveal church officials were aware of Giraudo's crimes from as far back as 1980. On 29th March 2010, Archbishop Ladaria from Thibica wrote to the current Bishop of Savona, Vittoria Lupi. It says Giraudo "was reported in 1980 for abuse of minors" and that Giraudo admitted his own "pedophile tendencies" to the Vicar General of Savona in 2002. Despite all this, it took more than 30 years before the Church forced Giraudo to write a letter of resignation on March 27th, 2010.
Cardinal Calcagno's office declined to give a comment to CNN and in a written statement, the Diocese of Savona, where Giraudo served as a priest, said the Diocese invited him to resign in 2009, but he refused. It went on to say the diocese has been in the forefront of combating abuse by priests.
Vatican spokesman, Rev. Thomas Lombardi is clearly aggravated by our question about the accusations against Calcagno. He folds his arms, leans back and speaks sternly. "The accusations regarding Cardinal Domenico Calcagno when he was Bishop of Savona in Italy were investigated by both the Church and by the legal system, by the judge, and the accusations were without foundation."
Back in St Peter's Square, Zanardi finally makes his move towards the gates of the Vatican but he doesn't get far. The plain-clothes policeman lurking in the background radios his partner and within seconds Zanardi is surrounded by police who lead him away for two hours of questioning.
Zanardi has faced many obstacles in his life but he's not about to give up now just because he's hit another one. He will try to deliver his anti-Calcagno petition at the Vatican Embassy in Rome on Monday. His resolve is undimmed. "What happened to me and many others should never have happened. I will keep fighting until it does not happen again."
Dan Rivers contributed to this report

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February 18, 2013

Cardinal Roger Mahoney { We Damaged Your Children But We Forgive You}


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Cardinal Roger Mahony still doesn’t get it. In a blog post Thursday mostly focused on himself and his feelings, the disgraced former archbishop of Los Angeles who was deeply implicated in the cover-up of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church wrote that he has “experienced many examples of being humiliated” amid the scandal. Still, despite feeling sorry for himself, Mahony notes that he’s ready to forgive those who are angry at him over his role in concealing the rape of children.
From his blog:
Given all of the storms that have surrounded me and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles recently, God’s grace finally helped me to understand:  I am not being called to serve Jesus in humility. Rather, I am being called to something deeper—to be humiliated, disgraced, and rebuffed by many.
I was not ready for this challenge.  Ash Wednesday changed all of that, and I see Lent 2013 as a special time to reflect deeply upon this special call by Jesus.
To be honest with you, I have not reached the point where I can actually pray for more humiliation. I’m only at the stage of asking for the grace to endure the level of humiliation at the moment.
In the past several days, I have experienced many examples of being humiliated. In recent days, I have been confronted in various places by very unhappy people. I could understand the depth of their anger and outrage—at me, at the Church, at about injustices that swirl around us.
Thanks to God’s special grace, I simply stood there, asking God to bless and forgive them. 
The level of narcissism and insensitivity displayed by the pedophile enabler shows just how far removed he is from reality.
As Andrew Sullivan summed it up: “He is forgiving the victims of child-rape, and those who speak up for them? Words fail. Anger overwhelms me.”
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.

December 20, 2012

Booming Sales For Children Armored Back Packs


backpackA bullet-proof Disney Princess backpack from Amendment II retails for $300, plus shipping. 
"Basically, there's three models," says Derek Williams. "A SwissGear that's made for teens, and we've got an Avengers and a Disney Princess backpack for little kids."
Williams is the president of Amendment II, a Salt Lake City-based company that manufactures lightweight body armor for law enforcement and military use. But lately they've moved into a different market: body armor for kids. Six months ago, Amendment II introduced a new line of backpacks, built with the company's signature carbon nanotube armor, designed to keep kids safe in the event of school shootings. Since Friday's massacreat a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school, sales have gone through the roof. "I can't go into exact sales numbers, but basically we tripled our sales volume of backpacks that we typically do in a month—in one week," Williams says.
With thoughts of defenseless children seared into the national consciousness, the company doesn't plan on letting the crisis go to waste. "We want to be sensitive to how we do that, but we are gonna try to get the word out that this product does exist that there are ways to at least provide our children with some protection," Williams says.
It's not like they'd have to change much. The group's promotional materials play up the utility of RynoHide armor in kid-friendly settings. Here's what the group's booth looked like at the Self-Reliance Expo in Mesa, Arizona, one of the nation's largest prepper roadshows:
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The Centurion Shield RynoHide backpack-insert goes for $199—$100 less than the armored Disney Princesses backpack. So why would you pay the extra Benjamin? As Williams explains it, "With kids, you never know when they're gonna take something out of their backpack and not put it back in."
Amendment II isn't the only company that has realized that, with the epidemic of school violence, there's money to be made in marketing kid-friendly body armor. At least a half-dozen companies hawk variations of the armored backpack, many of which explicitly play to fears of another Columbine. "My Child's Pack," from the Massachusetts company Bullet Blocker, goes for $224.99 (it's currently on sale for the holidays). Here's the main image on the front page of the Bullet Blocker website, last updated on December 17:
Bullet Blocker
Per the product description, the satchel was "designed as a tool for school safety following the shootings at Columbine and Virginia Tech. It has no tags or labels indicating that it is a bulletproof backpack with a discreet layer of NIJ IIIA ballistic protection made of the same materials used in police armor vests. The BulletBlocker NIJ IIIA panel located in the main compartment. This is a good looking, unisex backpack available in assorted colors, with compartments for easy organization. School safety and protection at your children's fingertips."
Or, for just $10 more, you can pick up a LaRue Tactical Backpack Shield BP3A Level IIIA Ballistic Platem, which fits inside regularly-sized book bags:
LaRue Tactical
"Whether you're a college student, doctor, lawyer, business traveler, or concerned parent…an extra level of precaution might help safeguard your (or your loved one's) life in the event of an 'Active Shooter' situation" the company explains. "While you can not control when gun-related violence happens, you can choose to do something to improve your odds of survival."
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, New Hampshire-based Black Dragon Tactical took to Facebook to market its kid-friendly backpack inserts:
Black Dragon Tactical
The company also offers a "bullet resistant" backpack for $349.99. The pitch: "If you already have a laptop bag, you can just buy the panel and insert it yourself. Get these for your whole family! Be safe, GET TACTICAL ARMOR TO WEAR for safety and protection!!!”

December 15, 2012

Why a 20yr.Old Will Massacre The Young, The Innocent?



Easy to kill those that are known cannot defend themselves.  This 29 year old man did not go and attack a police station or even a mall where you have now armed guards and probably others. He went for the very young, defenseless, innocent school children. Not kids that are known to be bullies in the upper grades but he prefered kindergarten and small grades. He was intend in getting a gun and as we know anybody intend of finding something finds something, it might not be what ones might be looking for , but it finds 
We have not found answers I believe because people are pulling politicly to different corners, their corners. That leaves a hole in the middle which is the place where you find common ground and where you find agreement on something you can get those heads together to find answers what ever they are. It should be obvious to anybody with an open mind to common sense that having a gun easily accessible by everyone, even this killer, is not the answer. On the other hand banning all guns is not going to work for many reasons,  but as you know the main reason that it wont work is because is not going to happen. Right, that is why we need people that would like answers not advances in political stances. Someone who I happen to know said once, on the right you have a Hitler, that is disaster, on the left you have communists Lenin & Stalin which are also killer of their people.  In the middle you have a dying president.
This just point out that extreme positions no matter wether they come out of goodness or evil can be just as disastrous.  Reviewing the latest as to what happen we have a teachers son,
  clad in black and carrying two 9mm pistols, rampaged through a Connecticut elementary school Friday, killing 20 small children and six adults, a tragedy President Barack Obama said had broken the hearts of America.
The gunman, identified as Adam Lanza, 20, was found dead at the scene of the slaughter, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, law enforcement officials said. The body of a woman believed to be his mother was found at their home in Newtown, authorities said.
Officials initially misidentified the shooter to NBC News as Lanza's brother, Ryan. But a senior official later said that Ryan was nowhere near the shooting, is not believed to be involved, and is cooperating with the investigation.
Ryan told police that Adam has a history of mental illness, according to the senior official. Yet the motive for the mass killing — the nation’s second-worst school shooting — was a mystery.
The weapons used in the attack were legally purchased and were registered to the gunman's mother, two law enforcement officials said. Two 9mm handguns were recovered inside the school. An AR-15-type rifle also was found at the scene, but there were conflicting reports Friday night whether it had been used in the shooting. 
Police believe Lanza fatally shot his mother in the face, then drove to the hilltop school and unleashed a blizzard of bullets on children and staff in two rooms before apparently taking his own life.
"Evil visited this community today," Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy said Friday evening. "We are all in this together."
Some young survivors — ages 5 to 10 — described the terror of the shooting and a massive police response that included SWAT officers going room to room to search for victims as students huddled in classroom corners.
More coverage: NBCNewYork.com and NBCConnecticut.com
Robert Licata said his 6-year-old son was in class when the gunman burst in and shot the teacher.
"That's when my son grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door," he told The Associated Press. "He was very brave."
One student told NBC Connecticut she was in the gym when she heard “seven loud booms.”
“The gym teachers told us to go in the corner, so we all huddled,” she said. "And I kept hearing these booming noises. And we all … started crying.
"All the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us," she added. "So then a police officer came in and told us to run outside. So we did and we came in the firehouse.”
The high death toll and the tender age of many victims sent shock waves all the way to the White House, where the flag was lowered to half-staff.
President Obama, his voice cracking at times, said he reacted to the tragedy first as a parent.
“Our hearts are broken today,'' he said. “The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old.”
Authorities in the small bedroom community 60 miles from New York City were alerted to the unfolding carnage by a 911 call around 9:30 a.m., and then reached out to state police and neighboring police departments for help.
Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance said troopers fanned out across the school and searched “every door, every crack, every crevice” of the building.
Most of the bodies were found in two rooms in one section of the 600-student school, which goes up to the fourth grade. Late into the night on Friday, the bodies remained in the school during the investigation. 
Two children were taken to Danbury Hospital, but they died. A third person was being treated at the hospital, which went into lockdown mode and cleared trauma rooms as doctors waited for an influx of survivors that never came.
After police finished searching the school and determined there was only one gunman, they led the children outside, telling them to close their eyes, apparently to avoid seeing anything gruesome.
At a staging area ringed by police vehicles that raced to the school from across the state, the dazed and crying kids were reunited with worried loved ones.
Brenda Lebinski, mother of a third-grader, said she found a “horrendous” scene.
“Everyone was in hysterics -- parents, students. There were kids coming out of the school bloodied. I don't know if they were shot, but they were bloodied,'' she said, according to Reuters.
One parent picking up his 7-year-old son said the shooting was “the most terrifying moment a parent can imagine." He went on to describe the anguish of waiting to find out if his son was a victim and then running to his child when he saw him.
“It was the greatest relief in my existence,” the father said. “I’m just happy that my kid’s OK.”
The FBI was assisting with the widening investigation, and authorities said there were many unanswered questions, including the motive.
“There is a great deal of search warrant activity…in and out of the state,” Vance said, without giving specifics.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy was meeting with grieving families.
“As you can imagine, the governor is horrified by what’s happened,” said aide Roy Occhiogrosso.
The death toll is the highest from a school shooting since a gunman killed 32 people at Virginia Tech in 2007. At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two teens killed 13 people and wounded 24 in 1999.
Parent Stephen Delgiadice, whose 8-year-old daughter was not hurt, said he never could have imagined such bloodshed in the quiet town of 27,000, where the police force has only three detectives.
"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America," he told The Associated Press.
Obama said Friday’s shooting, following the massacre at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and other murder sprees, showed the need for “meaningful action…regardless of the politics” to prevent more blood from being spilled.
New York City Mayor Bloomberg, who has been pushing for tougher gun laws, called for Washington to act immediately.
“Not even kindergarteners learning their A, B, Cs are safe,” he said.
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