By ARTHIA NIXON
After flags were ordered to be flown at half staff to honor the victims of the Stony Hook school shooting in Connecticut, an emotional President Barack Obama briefed the media at 3:16p.m, visibly pausing with a trembling lip, keeping his eyes off the media as he wiped away at least two escaping tears.
He was addressing the morning’s tragic events in Newtown, CT where 24 year-old Ryan Lanza slaughtered the school principal plus 20 children between age 5 and 10, most of them kindergarten students in his mother’s class. His father was found dead in New Jersey and his mother also killed, both in their homes.
“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years,” said President Obama who stated that when he heard the news, he not only acted as president but also as a parent.
He fought back tears by consistently blinking and took frequent breaths between speaking.
“They had their entire lives ahead of them,” he struggled to say. “Birthdays, graduations, weddings… kids of their own.”
He said that hearts are not only broken for the fallen, but also for the survivors and their parents because while they are blessed to have their children home, they now face the fact that their innocence was torn away too early. Children reportedly stated that they had to walk past some of the dead as they were being led out of the school. They were told to close their eyes while being led out of the building.
“As a country we have been through this too many times,” said the President making references to the this school shooting, the recent mall shooting in Oergan, Chicago street shooting and Aurora movie theater shooting which all occurred this year.
The President said that these children are “our children” and meaningful actions must be taken.
“Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do tonight – we will hug our children,” said President Obama adding that they will also pray for the families.
“Nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one we can extend a hand to those in need,” he stated.
Meanwhile, 20 year-old Adam Lanza is among the dead after he went to his mother’s kindergarten class and massacred the 5 and 6 year-old students and school principal. His brother 24 year-old Ryan killed their father in New Jersey, then killed their mother in her Newtown, CT home near the school. He is being held by police.
afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller. I offered Gov. Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families.” “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news, I react not as a president, but as anybody else would as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.” “The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful, little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.” “So our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost.” “Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors, as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early and there are no words that will ease their pain.” “As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it is an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” “This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter, and we’ll tell them that we love them, and we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight, and they need all of us right now. In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our best as Americans, and I will do everything in my power as president to help, because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need, to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their memories, but also in ours.” “May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.”
Ct. State Police Lt. Paul Vance as of 5.02p.m: BODIES STILL IN CLASSROOMS, ON THE SCENE AS MEDICAL EXAMINERS WORK WITH COPS AND FBI. 20 kids 5 – 10 in age, principal among the dead. One section, two classrooms. All students – deceased, home, absent, etc now accounted for. The class was assigned to a teacher who was alledgedly killed by her son who opened fire. 18 kids died at the scene and two more died in hospital. House near school where female’s body was found is now a related scene.
Did not officially confirm the shooter’s identity
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