Friday, January 11, 2013
Holly Ryan, a school psychologist at Lakeville's Kenwood Trail Middle School, flew to her hometown of Newtown, CT, along with a service dog, to help victims of the tragedy cope.
Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter| Blog for us For Holly Ryan, Dec. 14, 2012, was a typical, busy Friday. It wasn't until later that she learned half a country away, her hometown of Newtown, CT, had become the site of the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Ryan, 40, a school psychologist at Lakeville's Kenwood Trail Middle School, says text messages from her mother and sister first alerted her to the tragedy that unfolded. "I think the events are still unimaginable in their entirety," Ryan said. "There are just so many personal accounts—families directly and indirectly affected—it's overwhelming." Ryan grew up in Newtown. She lived there until she was 20, she said. And while she …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Also, Sen. Al Franken will be at Eagan's Dakota Hills Middle School on Monday to discuss school safety in the wake of the massacre at a Newtown, CT elementary school.
Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said today that he supports a ban on the sale of high-capacity assault weapons. "I believe in the second amendment,” Bellows told Patch this morning, three weeks to the day after the Newtown, Conn., massacre in which 20 children were killed. “I’ve signed, over the years, 9,000 permits to carry" firearms. “But does the second amendment extend all the way to assault weapons and high-capacity magazines?" Bellows asked. "I don’t think it does.” On a separate but related note, Sen. Al Franken announced Friday that he will be at Eagan's Dakota Hills Middle School on Monday to meet "with several Minnesota educators, child advocates, and school-safety officials to discuss ongoing efforts to improve school safety…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Letter writer: There is no good reason for a civilian to own a modified M-16 assault weapon.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Editor's note: The following is an open letter to Congressman John Kline, in response to an article Burnsville Patch ran on Dec. 19 titled: Rep. Kline Calls Newtown Tragedy 'Unthinkable;' Mum on Gun Laws. To the editor, and Congressman Kline, I am writing today out of deep concern for the safety of fellow citizens, as well as my family and children. I sincerely hope, in light of the recent shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, that you will seriously re-consider your stance on banning assault weapons. There is no hunting rifle that requires a magazine clip of 30 rounds. There is NO CIVILIAN who would ever need to carry that type of fire power. The hunting argument is completely absurd. I grew up in Northeastern…
Friday, December 14, 2012
Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools posted a note of sympathy on its website Friday in the wake of a series of shootings at a Newtown, Connecticut school that has left over 20 people dead.
In the aftermath of a series of shootings at a school on the East Coast that left 27 people dead as of Friday afternoon, officials at the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District expressed their condolences and said the district would continue to make student and teacher safety a top priority. From a post on ISD 191’s website: The tragic school shooting in Connecticut today has shaken all of us and may especially affect children. The safety of our students and staff members is always our top priority. We have and will continue to work closely with local law enforcement agencies to create comprehensive school security and emergency response plans. If you need additional information about safety measures at your child's school, please …
As reports come in about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn., many have responded on Twitter with disbelief and sadness.
Locals on Twitter are sending condolences to Connecticut, where current reports say that 27 people were killed in the shooting. At least 18 of them were children. Several official sources have issued statements as well. Gov. Mark Dayton had this to say: "This dastardly, cold-blooded murder of innocent children and their educators by a deranged individual shocks Minnesotans. All of our children, their parents, and all of their teachers should feel certain every day that their safety is the paramount concern. The deepest condolences of Minnesotans go to the parents and families of the victims of this horrific act." Education Minnesota, the state teacher's union, released a statement of condolence as well. "Our hearts go out to the families, …