Posts tagged ‘tragedy’

January 8th, 2013

The Newtown Microscope

by Christopher O'Brien

From time to time, small communities across our state and country experience profound tragedy.

Whether it be the bell factory fire in East Hampton, hurricane damage in Milford, East Haven and Fairfield, murders and domestic disputes in South Windsor, chronic violence in Bridgeport and Hartford schools, or children killed in car accidents in Bristol and inumerous other towns, the wounds run deep for all communities. Scars remain for years and affect the development of those living in the community for a generation.

Five years ago Wolcott lost three of our own teens in a preventable accident on East Street. The accident was caused by a dangerous weapon at the hands of an inexperienced 17 year old driver who had a history of leaving hulking pieces of metal in his wake. After news of the tragedy spread, classes were cancelled, forums held and the town comforted our children. We held them close. We held vigils. Candles and photos lined East Street. Counselors were summoned. The media descended.

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December 17th, 2012

Obama Mourns In Newtown

by Christopher O'Brien

A woman kneels outside of Newtown High School | Christopher O’Brien

By Hugh McQuaid and Chris O’Brien | IMNCT
NEWTOWN — President Barack Obama said the reaction of the Newtown community to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting inspired a nation, but it also left us with some hard questions.“Can we honestly say we’re doing enough to keep our children, all of them, safe from harm?” Obama asked. “If we’re honest with ourselves theChristopher O'Brien

answer is, ‘no.’”

Since he’s been president, this is the fourth time he’s visited a grieving community following a mass shooting.

“We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end and to end them we must change,” Obama said, acknowledging that change won’t be easy.

Satellite trucks parked in  Sandy Hook center photo:  Christopher O’Brien

The families of 15 of the 27 families who endured loss took their places at Newtown High School after meeting privately with President Obama. Other residents joined them for the interfaith service and in adjacent overflow room. Unfortunately, some town residents couldn’t make it inside as hundreds flocked the town from as far away as New Jersey, feeling the need to ‘feel close’ to the tragedy.

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December 15th, 2012

Stories of Heroism Emerging From School Tragedy

by Christopher O'Brien

By John Voket | The Newtown Bee


There was the school custodian, bleary-eyed and shaking off expressions of thanks and praise, who, as shots were ringing out, reportedly ran through the school halls making sure classroom doors were locked from the inside.

And the school nurse who fought the urge to run toward the commotion to help, instead following the protocol and training she received never thinking she would have to use it. That adherence to her training likely saved her life.

Moments after taking cover under her desk per her training, she said saw the boots of the gunman as he entered her office.

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