After the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, there has been a flood of stories that are both uplifting and horrifying.
The speech that Obama gave following the shooting and the photos of Obama visiting the families of the victims gives you sense of hope in humanity. Then there are stories about how government officials and radio hosts say that we should not be surprised by the shootings because of the way we have been systematically removing god from our public schools. So we here at SourceFed wanted to give a quick rundown of the positive and negative events from this past weekend.
A few different individuals, such as Mike Huckabee and radio show host Bryan Fischer, have come forward stating that the lack of God in public schools is part of the reason for the shootings. Huckabee stated:
“I’m not suggesting by any stretch that if we had prayer in schools regularly as we once did that this wouldn’t have happened, because you can’t have that kind of cause and effect,” said Huckabee. “But we’ve created an atmosphere in this country where the only time you want to invoke God’s name is after the tragedy.”
The Bryan Fischer stated on his show that:
“God is not going to go where he is not wanted.”
Both of these men are under serious criticism for these statements, along with Oregon State Representative Dennis Richardson, who stated that if laws weren’t put in place to stop teachers and school officials from having weapons in class, there would be more children that survived and the gunmen would be dead, but not from suicide. Richardson’s comment was voted as the “Most Inappropriate Reaction” to the Sandy Hook Incident.
On top of everything that’s happening in tragic Newtown, the Westboro Baptist Church has stated it would be protesting the funerals of the young children killed in the massacre. The church announced its plans on twitter stating:
“Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”
As a result, two things have occurred. First and foremost, Hacker group Anonymous has once again set itself against the WBC. They have not only hacked the WBC’s website, but have also taken over the group’s twitter account as well.In a shocking twist, the KKK was so appalled at the audacity of the WBC that it has organized its own counter protest against the hate mongering group.
We can not focus on just the negative events that followed this event, we must also focus on the heroes during the shooting. The staff at the elementary school that sacrificed themselves for the lives of their students are some of the most heroic individuals I have ever had the pleasure to learn about.
- Mary Sherlach, Age 56, School Psychologist: As soon as Mary heard gunshots, her first reaction was to confront the gunmen. Mary died protecting her students. She was a year away from retirement.
- Maryrose Kristopik, Age 50, Music Teacher: When gunshots rang out, Maryrose hurried her class into a nearby closet. She huddled the children together and and told them she loved them and everything would be alright. She held the door tightly shut as the gunmen tried to enter the closet, and because of her quick thinking, she saved the lives of 20 children.
- Dawn Hochsprung, Age 47, School Principal: Dawn spent her whole life helping children. Before becoming the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary, she spent a few years as the Assistant Principal of a local middle school and high school. When the gunmen forced his way into the school, Dawn lunged at him to protect her students and died in the process. She will live on as an inspiration to the community.
- Anne Marie Murphy, Age 52 , Special Education Teacher: Known for her one-on-one care with her students and she will be deeply missed by her students, the little angels. She was killed while saving a handful of her students.
- Victoria Soto, Age 27, First Grade Teacher: Victoria had been an employee at Sandy Hook for the past 5 years, was currently working on her master’s degree in special education. When the gunmen entered her classroom, she immediately covered her students from the gunfire.
- Kaitlin Roig, Age 29, First Grade Teacher: Kaitlin and her 15 students survived the shooting because of Kaitlin’s quick thinking and heroism. Kaitlin ushered her class into a small bathroom and barracaded the door with a bookshelf. She kept reassuring her class that everything would be fine but they must remain abolutely quite. When the police came to rescue them, she refused to open the door, stating that, “if they were the police, they could open the door with the key.” The police found the key and unlocked it.
To close out this update, I leave you with the speech President Obama gave to the families of the Sandy Hook victim’s and a photo of the president holding the late Sandy Hook Principal’s granddaughter. We love you all and even though times, are tough, it will get better.