Sunday, April 14, 2013
Cetronia Elementary School in the Parkland School District creates a peace painting with thumbprints of students and staff as 'healing' gift to Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Cetronia Elementary School's act of "kindness"—a peace painting created with the thumbprints of its students and staff—has made its way to Newtown Public Schools in Connecticut. Cetronia art teacher Susan Hardy, who spearheaded the project, learned in an email last week that the painting is currently being displayed in the Newtown Public Schools Central Office until a decision is made on the future Sandy Hook Elementary School. "I was actually very surprised," said Hardy, who figured the painting might be put in a storage area for some time since Sandy Hook has likely been inundated with cards, paper snowflakes and other symbols of support following the shooting tragedy there. "What a beautiful creation of thumbprints!" wrote Newtown …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Easton City Council meets with community, education leaders to discuss making Easton Area schools safer.
If you've dropped your kids off at elementary schools recently in the Easton Area School District, you might have seen a police officer That's a recent change inspired by the Sandy Hook school shooting, Lt. John Remaley told City Council's public safety committee Tuesday night as it met with community leaders to discuss making Easton's kids safer. Councilman Jeffrey Warren, who heads the committee, said that although it's an issue that won't be solved with one meeting, it's important to get people talking. “From discussions come solutions," he said. "It may not be a solution right off the bat.” The board heard from Louis Coxe, chief of police for the Easton Area School District, who said the district is planning a walk-through of its …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
President Obama said the laws, including universal background checks and a renewed ban on assault rifles, would lead to "fewer atrocities like the one that happened in Newtown."
Alongside Vice President Joe Biden and a group of children who had written in support, President Barack Obama signed a proposal to Congress Wednesday to strengthen United States gun laws, including universal background checks, limiting the number of bullets in a clip, and renewing a ban on military-grade assault rifles. "If America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown," Obama said. Check out these related stories He listed some specific measures, including a 10-round limit on magazines for firearms, and asked congress to confirm Todd Jones to fill the long-dormant role of chief for the Bureau of Alchol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) — and briefly…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The vice president has been meeting with parties on both sides of the gun control debate, as well as mental health advocates, as he crafts proposals in response to the Dec. 14 Newtown school shooting. And the NRA responds.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce sweeping policy changes to gun laws and mental health care on Tuesday, two weeks earlier than expected. In Pennsylvania, two lawmakers say they want teachers to carry guns. Biden's recommendations, at the request of President Barack Obama, are a response to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the life of 20 first-graders and six educators. According to a report by the Huffington Post, Biden's proposals are likely to address the availability and access to certain types of guns and ammunition, and tackle the issue of data collection and background checks. While Connecticut State Police continue their investigation into the Newtown shooting, authorities have …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Valerie Davis crafts drawings in memory of students killed in Connecticut school shooting.
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- Tom Coombe
Monday, January 14
After the deadly school shootings, Easton Area Middle School art teacher Valerie Davis said everything was like a blur. "I didn't know how to mourn," she said. Then came another blur: 12 days of non-stop drawing, as Davis created 26 portraits of each of the victims. "I would start drawing at 5 a.m.," she said. "That's all I did...my whole entire holiday." Davis displayed the results of her work Friday afternoon at the Easton Boys & Girls Club, but she wanted club members to do more than look. She asked the children to look at the pictures, and to write letters that will go to the families of the victims. Davis plans to deliver the letters to Connecticut herself. Before the kids got to work, they walked the room, examining the portraits. …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
All rights – including the Second Amendment – come with caveats.
In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, the gun control advocates are calling for restrictions on firearms and some on the pro-gun side are citing the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. So here’s the thing: Let’s go with the constitutional framers original intent and allow every American to own a musket. But first, let’s stop pretending that the Bill of Rights grants rights – including gun ownership -- that are absolute. We have free speech, but you can’t yell “fire” in a crowded theater. We have freedom of assembly but you’re not allowed to riot. So when gun advocates say they have the right to bear arms, all but the most extreme will acknowledge that like all freedoms in the Bill of Rights, it comes with caveats. For a fascinating look…