Saturday, December 22, 2012
The 1,450 students of Higgins Middle School and their teachers walked together for 27 minutes in memory of the 26 students and teachers who died last Friday as well as the mother of the shooter.
The 1,450 students of Higgins Middle School and their teachers walked together for 27 minutes Friday morning in memory of the 26 students and teachers who died on Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School as well as the mother of the shooter, who was killed at her home. Higgins Principal Todd Bucey said more than $3,000 was raised Friday morning, which will be donated to the Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund. Students and staff who participated in the walk were invited to wear green and white (Sandy Hook's colors) and offer a $1 donation (or more) or donate a card or snowflake. Many walkers also paused to sign cards, expressing their condolences, that will be sent along to Connecticut as well.
Friday, December 21, 2012
More than 750 mayors from around the country, including 22 from Massachusetts are urging President Obama for stronger gun control in the wake of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting.
On Wednesday, Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt joined more than 750 mayors from around the country, who are part of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) coalition, signing a letter to call on President Barack Obama and Congress to pass stricter gun control legislation. The letter comes in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, when a 20-year-old man shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children, at a school in Newtown, Conn., his mother and himself. "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," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. Bloomberg is Co-Chair of MAIG. "We heard after Columbine …
A large crowd gathered in front of City Hall Thursday evening for a candlelight vigil to reflect and remember the victims killed in the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14.
A large somber crowd spent about 30 minutes in silence Thursday evening in front of City Hall, listening to Mayor Ted Bettencourt and four local religious leaders reflect on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School one week ago. Several among the crowd, both adults and children, held signs along with their candles of the victims' names. Fr. John MacInnis, Rev. Joel Anderle, Rabbi Nechemia Schusterman and Rabbi Deborah Zuker all shared thoughts or prayers for the evening.