Sunday, January 20, 2013
President Obama presented several proposals for increased gun control this week.
President Obama made several proposals for increased gun control this week. Among the president's proposals were background checks for all gun sales, even those by private sellers, reinstating and strengtening the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, the New York Times reported. The White House's entire 15-page proposal can be downloaded here. We also attached video of the president discussing the plan to this post. Other aspects of the plan include putting 1,000 more school resource officers and counselors in schools and improving mental health services. "We are going to need to work on making access to mental health care as as easy as access to a gun," Obama said. The proposals come …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Extraordinary bravery is ordinary for teachers.
Like the rest of the nation, I was shocked and saddened by the horrific events in Newtown that took the lives of 20 innocent children. What did not surprise me were the actions of the teachers and school personnel who died trying to protect them. We have all heard the stories by now — the principal and school psychologist running into gunfire in an effort to disarm the lunatic who invaded their school, the teachers who died protecting their students, and the students who did not die because of the quick thinking and bravery of their teachers. Of all the adjectives others would use to describe me, brave is not on the list. However, as a teacher, I am certain I would have done the same as the teachers did in Newtown. I’m not saying this …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Westboro Baptist Church came to Skokie in September 2010 to protest on the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. Now, the group says they will protest outside of Sandy Hook Elementary, claiming, "God Sent the Shooter."
WBC members, known for demonstrating at military funerals and burning American flags, made their rounds in Skokie, Evanston and the Israeli Consulate in September 2010. Their message that day: "Obey God or Destruction." In September of 2010, Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) came to Skokie so they could protest outside the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center on Rosh Hashanah. Fast forward to today, and the WBC is once again trying to practice their 1st Amendment rights. A day after Friday's shooting in Newtown, CT, where police said 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother and then 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary, Westboro Baptist member Shirley Phelps-Roper posted a message on Twitter that the group would "sing …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Information about the victims, the investigation and scheduled visit by President Obama to Newtown on Sunday.
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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Newtown, Connecticut authorities have identified the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and on Saturday released their names to the media. The Victims: School Pyschologist Mary Sherlach, Shooting Victim, Looked Ahead to Next Stage in Life Statement from Terri Rousseau, Mother of Lauren Rousseau, a Substitute Teacher Hired in November Sandy Hook Principal Remembered as 'Warm,' 'Selfless' Reporters and editors from Newtown Patch have been covering the tragic story from all angles. Here are several articles with the latest updates from the scene including a link with information about how you can help the victims' families. How to Help Families Affected by Newtown School Shooting Medical Examiner: Newtown Shooting …