Learning From Sandy Hook One Year Later

Today is the one year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

One year ago, we lost 26 innocent children and 6 adults charged with their education and care during school time.

I remember hearing about the shootings as I worked in my home office. I cried a lot that day and thought of my son at his own elementary school.

I hugged G tight when he got off the school bus that day.

This past year, I’ve thought about how my son’s school would react in such a situation. Could a shooter get into the building? Would the kids be safe? Do the teachers and administrators know what to do in such a situation? Is there a plan?

Robbie and Alissa Parker, who lost their daughter Emilie, 6, had questions too. Questions they never asked.

Today, in honor of those that lost their lives last December 14th, I hope you will watch and share this video produced by Save the Children featuring the Parkers.

The Parkers are passionate about inspiring more people to protect children before a tragedy occurs. As adults, it’s our job to be as prepared as possible.

Here are some helpful resources and a few posts related to Sandy Hook:

How will you honor those that lost their lives last year at Sandy Hook?

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    • says

      Thank you for the link, Ilene. I love Deb’s post. We need to keep talking about these tragic events and be more aware to what to do to prevent them and/or be prepared to respond to them if they do happen. I read that the shooting that occurred in Colorado on Friday could have been a lot worse had it not been for a quick response. It saddens me to no end that we are still hearing about school shootings.
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  1. says

    This was a really interesting angle on the whole thing. A way to feel empowered in the face of some situations where we are still powerless because our government has not done enough to protect us and our children. I like their message of remembering their faces, the pain in their faces, not only the names and faces of the children they lost that day. Still crying. Will share tomorrow when more people are likely to see it.
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  2. says

    Every time I think about those families and those children, I cry. I’ll never forget where I was that day when we heard the news. We are a neighboring town and our childrens’ schools went into lockdown as well. My youngest doesn’t like having a police presence because he feels like it could happen at his school. And now Colorado again…in my sister in law’s town. I have a heavy heart right now.
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      i know how you feel, Michelle. I actually lived near Columbine when those shootings happen. I will never forget that day as long as I live. It brings me to tears just thinking about it. And that was before I had kids. G practices lockdown drills in his school. Scary, but necessary these days, I suppose. So sad.
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    As a Virginia Tech graduate who sat stunned and speechless when a shooter took 32 lives on April 16, 2007, tragedies like Sandy Hook hit close to home. Now that I’m a parent, I can’t imagine going through something like this at my child’s school or university. Thank you for taking time to share and reflect on those lost at Sandy Hook. Together we can continue to honor their lives by spreading a message of love & hope.
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  4. says

    My heart is also heavy. It makes me think about the recent shift in dialogue away from the phrase “gun control” and toward the phrase “gun violence prevention.” Because that’s really what it’s about, right? Preventing these kinds of tragedies in the future. Thank you for sharing.
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