The News From Newtown

The unfathomable tragedy in Newtown hits so close to home — literally.

Sandy Hook is just up the road.

roseIt’s an elementary school.

During the holiday season.

Nearly everyone in Westport knows someone in Newtown. Many of our teachers live there.

It’s a friendly sports rival.

Sandy Hook could easily be us.

With the rest of America — but with special sadness — we mourn all the victims of today’s horror.

And we hug all our children a little tighter.


36 responses to “The News From Newtown

  1. No Kidding. I have been brought to tears a few times today as the news continues to unfold. Prayers and peace to all of the families touched by this horrific tragedy.

  2. And we need to reign in guns and ammo. If not now when for chars sakes???

  3. Lou Gagliano

    President Obama today doing best to hold back the tears of sorrow that we all feel today, said it is time we come together to do something to remove the weapons of mass destruction (my term not his) within our own society. If we can spend billions to bring destruction wrought by such weapons outside of the US under control, it would seem now is the time to draw a line and ask both sides of the political isle to come together and do what is responsible! If for no other reason so that another family does not experience this type of tragedy.


  5. Sorry, Anonz, our mourning must have a reason. We mourn for the death of young children and adults who are the victims of a (perhaps) deranged mind and the victims of our oversight in permitting lax and unenforceable laws. We mourn and the NRA profits. And far to many of our representatives in Washington are too yellow bellied to act positively for fear of losing donations for their next campaign. A gun control bill won’t stop all crazies from getting weapons and killing people, but if it stops just a few, and just a few potential victims are saved, it’ll make the bill a success.

    • The crazies find other ways to accomplish their act of terror. Don’t be a fool, man.

      • He wouldn’t have found a way to take out more than two dozen people in just a few minutes. Face reality.

  6. Terrible, that is for sure, and complete pain for the families involved. I am sure the “shooters” rationalized there actions in the same way the US-backed, Texas-based, or whatever, drone operatives rationilized their killings of non combatants in Pakistan. Oh! Collateral damage (with a few ignored brown kids). Don’t get me wrong, the killing of kids is terrible – but it shouldn’t be rationalized away by anybody. As a conservative – a real conservative – everybody is loosing their way on a day-to-day-basis. Think about that for more than five seconds.

  7. Really Anonz and ‘Guns’ (incredibly insensitive btw)?

    Don’t politicize this? If this guy hadn’t had access to his weapon, 20 kindergarten kids wouldn’t be dead today. Could he and would he have inflicted damage? If he was determined to sure, but not 20 dead kids. Not without a weapon of that caliber.

    These incidents happen elsewhere in the world even in countries with strict gun laws, but with anywhere near the horrendous regularity that they happen here. In this country.

    I can’t imagine how the families of these children will go on.

    • Shut up you fools!!! Have some respect for the victims.

    • Nick is a fool.

      I echo what RB says, so please just shut up Nick. You insensitive human.

      Also, what if he had used arson or a dirty bomb to accomplish his massacre? What would you be saying then?

      One doesn’t need a gun to inflict serious damage and kill a mass of people. Ask the 9/11 terrorists. Now shut it.

  8. Are you idiots really politicizing this right now? Check yourselves you heartless fools.

    • It does not take long for the cretins to come out in force and try and turn this tragedy to their politicial a.dvantage

  9. RB: Which part part of “terrible” don’t you understand? Never killed anybody?

  10. Dan, please disable the Comment. Thanks

  11. “Anonymous” obviously misses the point completely. Let’s leave the world to his sad, movie-derived name calling. Just call me Pinko!

  12. Doug! You really need to take a good hard look at yourself and be a bit more disgusted by this whole affair. You sound like you want to pretend it was an exception. While, it is becoming a norm. Hell, we should encourage more conversation, not less! Doug, you must be a lovely guy, but rather evil! In a funny Hitler-like way. He said that type of shit!!!

  13. Westporter Since '03

    (Whoa, Dan – for a moment, I thought I had stumbled onto your earlier K2BK Comment section – all these folks are “beating up” on each other… !)

    My heart aches for the parents of these innocent young children, and for the families who lost their loved ones. IMHO, it’s impossible to make sense of it – just as it is with any of these maniacal mass killings.

    My only hope is that we – Westport (who has reached out to victims of Hurricane Sandy and other tragedies) – can find a way to reach out as a community – and attempt to bring our neighbors in Newtown some comfort in this time of terrible pain and suffering… as Dan points out: Sandy Hook could have been us.

    Suggestions anyone ?

    But by all means, please let’s stop bickering.

  14. I do not want to disable comments. I implore commenters to please heed President Obama’s words. Let’s remember the victims, and save the politics for another day. Please.

  15. Amen, Dan and all. The news on this event is absolutely horrifying. Newtown is a beautiful CT town and this is devastating. Anyone who’s had the privilege of raising children, the joy of picking them up each and every day with their little backpacks and lunch boxes- this hits so hard — no time for political bantering — please.

  16. westporter4ever

    I moved to Monroe from westport in 2011….i have friends and my boss who live in Newtown…a few of them have kids who attend Sandy Hook El….today was a terrifying day…My childrens school was on lockdown…before we knew what was happening I sat in my office on Rte 25 on the Monroe/Newtown line…and watch as 6…7…8…12…13 state troopers went screaming towards Newtown…followed by 5…6..7.. then eight Ambulances past in addition to numerous othet emergency vehicles….we knew then it was not a normal “incident” once we heard the school i thought of my friends who’s children go to that school…i had chills…followed by tears all day…all while trying to make sure my kids in a Monroe school were safe in their lockdown.
    Thankfully my friends children are safe…but the are not unscathed…they have lost beloved teachers…they now grieve with their friends who have children who didn’t make it home today. Not just every parents…but every teachers worst nightmare came true today.
    Tonight I pray for them all… tomorrow i will pray again…and again…those poor sweet angels and their loved ones left to grieve. Ibpray for them all!

  17. You are correct in keeping all your comments, Dan. The so-called “conservatives” are the same folks that thought global warming was a “left-wing, liberal myth,” until it wiped put many homes in New Jersey. They were wrong then, and they could be as equally as wrong now. The only constant is their arrogance and sophistry. Conservative? They don’t even know the meaning of the word. Politics? Go away (and that’s a polite, non-Russian response).

  18. Grandson Bryce Decker, a sophomore at Newtown High School, posted this on Faccbook this afternoon. I think he says it for us all: “The feeling of scooping up my 8-year-old sister in my arms as she got off the school bus this afternoon was priceless, unexplainable…” –Karl Decker

    • Lovely post. Your grandson must have been worried all day. I hope they are both able to relax and recuperate easily.

  19. ” On no public question other than gun violence are those who demand solutions after an ungodly episode accused of “politicizing tragedy.” EJ Dionne Washington Post today

  20. Mayor Michael Bloomberg today:

    “With all the carnage from gun violence in our country, it’s still almost impossible to believe that a mass shooting in a kindergarten class could happen. It has come to that. Not even kindergarteners learning their A,B,Cs are safe. We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again. For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were five-year olds. President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate action. We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership – not from the White House and not from Congress. That must end today. This is a national tragedy and it demands a national response. My deepest sympathies are with the families of all those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever.”

    • Mike never misses an opportunity to turn a crisis to his advantage.

      • Though not a politician, my daughter Hannah posted a status update on facebook at the moment school ended yesterday that seemed to echo Mayor Bloomberg’s words. A student at Staples, she said that when the last bell rang, the usual din was replaced by a silence that was both eery and somber as students emerged wordlessly from their classrooms. This is what she wrote. “Unbelievable to think that such a horrific act could happen so close to home. 27 people are gone. 18 are children. Hearing about the shooting, early this afternoon, when no one knew the numbers, I never thought it was going to amount to this. The fact that Columbine happened over 10 years ago, and things like this are still able to happen is insane. Just look at all of the shootings that have occurred over the past few years, or even just this past year. How many people have to die before this country actually does something about this? It’s time for change.”

      • Bloomberg is hardly speaking exclusively to his own personal benefit; he’s an important public figure while in office and will be when he no longer is. He doesn’t do anything only for himself, he’s obviously a bit beyond that. And I say that while I don’t totally agree with him.

  21. We lived in Newtown, on the other side, before coming to Westport. My kids are the same age as the shooter and his brother, weird. I played O-30 soccer on the fields behind that firehouse. It is very unlikely that we know anyone involved directly, but we are very sad that this has happened in that pretty and peaceful town. Any support that we, or you who live much closer, can provide I’m sure would be appreciated.

  22. Horrible, could have easily been coleytown. My company will be sending donations to aid the families of the victim. God bless everyone,

  23. Those kids were born between 2002-2007.

  24. As always, Dan, you are the voice of our community. We who so often share your feelings albeit this time, grief, thank you for being there.