December 16th, 2012
10:27 PM ET

'These tragedies must end, and to end them we must change'

  • President heads list of dignitaries and local clergy members offering comfort to the people of Newtown, Connecticut
  • 20 children, six adults and the shooter are dead after shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday morning
  • Police: Nancy Lanza, mother of gunman, died from multiple gunshot wounds
  • Gunman Adam Lanza had assault rifle magazines that held 30 bullets each, police said
  • Victims' names released Saturday; all of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old
  • Complete coverage: Connecticut school shooting
  • Soledad O'Brien will be live from Newtown, Connecticut, with advice and insight from Deepak Chopra and from people who have been through other shootings. Watch Starting Point, live at 6 a.m. ET Monday.

[Update 10:27 p.m. ET] Christina Hassinger, 30, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary Principal Dawn Hochsprung, sent out this tweet after meeting with President Obama before the prayer vigil.

[Updated 9:39 p.m.] A long silence followed the conclusion of President Obama's remarks before the audience began to applaud. The president walked off the stage to return to the floor, but a woman stopped him, turned him around and sent him back up the stairs to the stage. He stopped and waved briefly to the still-applauding crowd before exiting backstage.

The Rev. Bob Weiss, pastor of Newtown's St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, then offered a prayer for the community's resilience in the times to come.

The Rev. Rob Morris, vicar of King Lutheran Church, gave a benediction before asking the audience to remain in the auditorium, comforting one another, at least until word came that the president had safely exited the school campus.

Read the full text of Obama's speech here.

[Updated at 9:13 p.m. ET] The president recalled a saying that having children is "like walking around with your heart outside your body" before pausing a moment to wipe a tear from his left eye.

"This job of keeping our children safe and teaching them well is something we can only do together," he told the hushed audience. "This is our first task: taking care of our children. It's our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right."

He then asked whether "we as a nation" are meeting that obligation.

"The answer is no, and we will have to change," he said.

Obama said this was the fourth mass shooting during his presidency, and there were countless other acts of gun violence on a smaller scale.

"We can't tolerate this anymore," he said. "These tragedies must end, and to end them we must change."

[Updated at 9:02 p.m. ET] Saying "we can't accept events like this as routine," President Barack Obama said Sunday he'll use whatever power he has to prevent more tragedies like what happened Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. "Surely we can do better than this," the president said.

[Updated at 8:52 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama is speaking to the crowd, which is remaining almost completely silent.

"We gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults," he said. "... I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation."

He assured the people of Newtown that the entire nation felt the loss.

"Our world too has been torn apart. All across this land of ours we have wept with you. We have pulled our children tight. ... Newtown, you are not alone."

[Updated at 8:37 p.m. ET] Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy spoke briefly, saying "We will get better," before introducing President Barack Obama.

[Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET] Newtown First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra said Friday's mass murder was "a defining moment," but it would not itself define Newtown. "We are defined by acts of courage, by love and by our continuing love for our children and families," she said.

[Updated at 8:25 p.m. ET] John Woodall, leader of the local Baha'i community, described "a burning grief" that accompanies the loss of a child, a loss that is "beyond the depth of human endurance." However, he said the sacred scripture of the Baha'i faith offers this admonishment: "Be thou not disconsolate. Do not languish. Do not sigh and weep. For agitatation and mourning affect the soul - the divine soul in the eternal realm."

Leo McIlrath, ecumenical chaplain of the Lutheran Home of Southbury, Connecticut, offered a prayer for the counselors, clergy and caregivers who are trying to comfort the bereaved.

[Updated at 8:16 p.m. ET] A young boy named Jason Graves sang a Muslim chant before Muadh Bhavnagarwala with Newtown's  Al Hedaya Islamic Center offered a one-minute homily. "Verily, with every difficulty there is ease," Bhavnagarwala said, quoting from the Quran in a quavering voice.

Jane Sibley, minister of visitation and spiritual growth, Newtown United Methodist Church, offered a prayer for first responders.

[Updated at 7:58 p.m. ET] Rabbi Shaul Praver, rabbi of Congregation Adathi in Newtown, sang the traditional Hebrew memorial prayer. The Rev. Mel Kawakami, senior minister of Newtown United Methodist Church, stood by his side, wearing a white surplice embroidered with colorful butterflies.

"There is no death, just transformation. May they rest in peace," Praver said.

Kawakami offered a prayer for the dead and the grieving, "for we are all a family as children of God," he said. "We embrace the grieving as our own. Bring us together in peace and amity."

[Updated at 7:49 p.m. ET] President Obama has entered the auditorium to brief, polite applause and quickly taken a seat on the main floor. The Rev. Matt Crebbin, senior minister of the Newtown Congregational Church, is opening the prayer vigil with welcoming remarks.

[Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET] Attendees at the prayer vigil rose to give first responders - paramedics, police officers, firefighters and others - a long standing ovation when they entered the auditorium.

[Updated at 7:07 p.m. ET] The start of the interfaith prayer vigil is delayed as President Obama continues to meet with first responders and families of victims behind closed doors. Sources at Newtown High School say 900 people are in the auditorium for the service, with 1,300 others in the gymnasium overflow.

[Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET] Connecticut's retiring U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Sen.-elect Christopher Murphy are circulating through the Newtown High School Auditorium and speaking with townsfolk assembling there for this evening's prayer vigil.

[Updated at 5:47 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama is meeting with the families of victims and with first responders before this evening's prayer vigil at Newtown High School.

[Updated at 4:03 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama has just landed in Connecticut where he will meet with family members and first responders.  Obama will then attend an interfaith vigil in Newtown, Connecticut.

[Updated at 3:47 p.m. ET] Adam Lanza was identified for the first time by Connecticut State Police as the gunman in Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Lt. J. Paul Vance said that Lanza died as a result of suicide using a handgun. Vance added that Lanza's mother, Nancy Lanza, died as a result of "multiple gunshot wounds" in her home.

Vance also told reporters that Adam Lanza used the Bushmaster AR-15 "assault-type weapon" most of the time at the school.

Lanza was armed with magazines that held 30 bullets each, according to Vance. He added that there were hundreds of bullets for the other weapons as well.

Vance told reporters that an additional weapon, a shotgun, was recovered from a vehicle Lanza parked outside of the school. The gunman also had a Glock 10mm and a Sig Sauer 9mm, multiple magazines and additional ammunition.

[Updated at 2:43 p.m. ET] Six-year-old Jessica Rekos was hoping to get cowgirl boots and a cowgirl hat for Christmas. Now her family is left mourning the loss of her young life.

Jessica's family sent us in a photo and statement that they wanted us to share with the world about her:

"Jessica loved everything about horses. She devoted her free time to watching horse movies, reading horse books, drawing horses, and writing stories about horses. We had promised her she could have her very own horse when she turned 10. She asked Santa for new cowgirl boots and a cowgirl hat. She was a creative, beautiful little girl who loved playing with her little brothers, Travis and Shane. She spent time writing in her journals, making up stories, and doing "research" on orca whales – one of her passions after seeing the movie Free Willy last year. She said her dream was to see a real orca. Thankfully her dream was realized in October when she went to SeaWorld.

Jessica was our first born. She started our family, and she was our rock. She had an answer for everything, she didn't miss a trick, and she outsmarted us every time. We called her our little CEO for the way she carefully thought out and planned everything. We can not imagine our life without her. We are mourning her loss, sharing our beautiful memories we have of her, and trying to help her brother Travis understand why he can't play with his best friend. We are devastated, and our hearts are with the other families who are grieving as we are."

You can read more about the rest of the victims in our interactive here, which will be updated as we get more photos and statements from family members.

[Updated at 2:13 p.m. ET] Lee Shull doesn’t want to feel helpless anymore.

That's why as a parent of a child at Sandy Hook Elementary school he gathered other Newtown, Connecticut, residents together on Sunday for a meeting to try to figure out what happened and how they can ensure it doesn't happen again.

The group was seeking to move forward a conversation about gun laws, mental health and the moral fabric of our country in the wake of another deadly shooting.

"We’re trying to get the word out to this country that we thought this was a safe community," Shull said. "This can happen anywhere. We need to start here and learn from this event."

Shull said his family is feeling the impact of the shooting personally. While he’s never met the gunman, his daughter was in a classroom where children were gunned down. Three other girls who shared a dance studio with his daughter are now dead.

[Updated at 1:31 p.m. ET] We've just learned that officials have given the "all-clear" at the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Connecticut. The church had been evacuated due to an unspecified threat.

[Updated at 1:27 p.m. ET]  Authorities evacuated a Catholic church in Newtown, Connecticut, Sunday. It was unclear why the St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church had been evacuated.

Witnesses said authorities told them to leave the church premises.  A column of armed police officers walked across the church property and entered a building next to the church's parking lot.

The church is less than two miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School.

[Updated at 1:03 p.m. ET] Lillian Bittman, a former chairwoman of the Newtown Board of Education, struggled to speak about the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

She knew some of them directly, including Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, who she helped appoint.

“Everyone just feels violated,” she said of the town and the school she had been involved with for over 15 years. "It's unbelievable that this could happen to a little school that had so much joy in it."

Bittman said the school had done everything they thought they could to protect the children. And she hopes that out of tragedy, the country can find a way to move forward in a meaningful way.

"I need the country and the world to understand that out of this we have to bring good. This was an idyllic setting for children and now children, young children, have died," she told CNN's Don Lemon. "When Columbine happened, our school put in a buzzer system. But this keeps happening."

Bittman said that the families of those who were murdered are understandably "a mess" right now. She feels the same. The question now, she said, is whether we can put aside our differences as a country on mental health and gun control issues to make sure something as tragic as this doesn't happen again.

"We as a country have to use this to come together and look at all the solutions. What can the world do? Love each other and work together," she said. "Figure this out so no more six-year-olds die or have to watch their teacher die in their classroom."

[Updated at 12:12 p.m. ET] We are learning more details about the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Here's what the family of Olivia Rose Engel, 6, wanted to share about her:

"Olivia Rose Engel was a precocious and completely endearing six-year old. She loved school, and was very good at math and reading. She was creative, loved craft projects and art class, and loved participating in as many sports and activities as her mom Shannon could get her to- from tennis to swimming, ballet to soccer, Daisy Girl Scouts to musical theater, and her church’s CCD program, nothing was off limits for little girl who’s favorite colors were pink and purple. Olivia was always keen to take a spin on the lake and Sound on her dad or grandpa’s Whaler. She was a patient big sister to three-year old Brayden, lead Grace each evening at the dinner table, and was a six-year old with a lot to look forward to."

To learn more about the victims, please look at our interactive, which will be updated as we get more information.

[Updated at 12:12 p.m. ET] U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said he has been touched by the "strength and resilience' of the community of Newtown in the wake of the school shooting.

"I don’t think I will ever forget the cries of grief and pain that I saw at that firehouse," Blumenthal, a Democrat representing Connecticut said, referring to the area where families gathered to learn if their loved ones were alive or dead.

[Updated at 12:02 p.m. ET] Authorities still have many witnesses, including children, that they will interview in the investigation of a Connecticut elementary school shooting, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told reporters Sunday.

"Our people are talking with everybody slowly but surely, but methodically, too," he said. "This is something where people's hearts are broken, as we all well know. And we have to be sensitive."

[Updated at 11:54 a.m. ET] Authorities investigating the Connecticut elementary school shooting are analyzing evidence they've collected, including firearms, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told reporters Sunday.

"We are tracing them historically to all the way back on the workbench when they were being assembled," he said.

[Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET] Inaccurate information about the Connecticut elementary school shooting is spreading on social media, and authorities could prosecute those responsible, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told reporters Sunday.

Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance addresses reporters on Sunday morning.

"Misinformation is being posted on social media sites," he said. "There has been misinformation from people posing as the shooter in this case, posing using other IDs. Mimicking this crime and crime scene and criminal activity that took place in this community. There's been some things in somewhat of a threatening manner. ... These issues are crimes. They will be investigated. ... Prosecution will take place when people who are perpetrating this information are identified."

[Updated at 11:47 a.m. ET] Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said Sunday the president will soon have legislation "to lead on" in the gun control debate, announcing she will introduce a bill next month in the Senate to place a ban on assault weapons.

"We'll be prepared to go, and I hope the nation will really help," Feinstein said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The senator said she'll introduce the bill when Congress reconvenes in January and the same legislation will also be proposed in the House of Representatives.

"We're crafting this one. It's being done with care. It'll be ready on the first day," she said, adding that she'll soon announce the House authors.

"It will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation, and the possession. Not retroactively, but prospectively. It will ban the same for big clips, drums or strips of more than 10 bullets," she said. "There will be a bill."

[Updated at 9:59 a.m. ET] The gunman used his weapon to force his way into the building, the state's governor told CNN Sunday.

"He penetrated the building by literally shooting an entrance into the building. That's what an assault weapon can do for you," Gov. Dan Malloy told CNN's Candy Crowley.

Gunman described as quiet, withdrawn

Malloy also said he was the one who broke the news to families that their loved ones had died at the school.

"It's a very difficult thing to do," he said. "The parents had been gathered for a number of hours, clinging to hope. ...And you can never be prepared for that, to tell 18-20 folks, or actually families, that their loved one would not be returning to them that day or in the future."

The Connecticut governor also discussed wanting tougher federal laws.

[Updated at 7:00 a.m. ET] Here's a quick look at the latest updates in the Connecticut elementary school shooting:

Relatives of the victims will meet with President Barack Obama on Sunday when the president visits.

All the victims died from gunshot wounds and were struck multiple times, said H. Wayne Carver II, Connecticut's chief medical examiner. Their deaths were classified as homicides.

All 20 of the slain children were either 6 or 7 years old.

Investigators have been combing "every crack and crevice" of the school and have found some "very good evidence" there and at suspect Adam Lanza's home, where his mother Nancy was killed.

The deadly shooting that shattered this quiet New England town also reignited the ongoing debate about gun laws in America.

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  1. What a stupid comment

    I will repeat and probably be deleted again by some gun owner afraid of the truth.
    The first person to have their face blown off was a gun owner/ gun enthusiest/ going to protect her household with her gun/ mother of the killer. Don't tell me that owning a gun protects you or me or these children.

    December 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sadsadsad

    nothing would change after this tragic event – guns will still be available for pulic purchase; people forget and life moves on; until next round of mass killing by another insane person; repeat
    this is America! greatest country in the wholewide world. At this speed (in light of recent shooting events), I don't know who is more dangerous – terrorists or next door neighbor.

    December 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pat L.

    His Mother owned the guns. Wonder if she regrets her decision to make them so easily accessible to her obviously very disturbed son

    December 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gstlab3

    crazy people need to be locked up or uethenized.

    December 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. What a stupid comment

    Guns were not created to be trophies, they were not created to bring about law and order, they were not created as deterants. They were created to kill.

    December 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike7

      Guns NEVER have jumped up and killed anyone. It takes a person to pick it up, load, aim and pull the trigger.
      Guns are innocent, go after the PEOPLE that commit crimes.

      December 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Akr

      Mike7 is typical of all NRA/gun nuts – they cherish cold metal over a human being.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jcourtn1

    We have allowed the 2nd amendment to trump the pursuit of happiness. One is inalienable, the other is man-made and misinterpreted.

    December 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. anon

    Adam Lanza: 28 dead
    Obama: 5000+ Women an Children dead from drone strikes
    Both: murderers

    If you believe for one minute that Obama rubbing his eyes was real, you're an idiot. He did that and the media played that up. You people are FOOLS for falling for his garbage act. Obama is more a murderer than Lanza, all day long.

    December 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ronnie, from New Orleans,LA

      You are as bad as a terrorist!! Your hatred for President Obama might fuel some of these pathetic souls into doing these hanous crimes!! There's a big diffrence between terrorist trying to kill United States citizens and Home Grown terrorist and agitators like you @ Anon, who has so much hate and bitterness that they take it out on innocent people!! COWARD!!!

      December 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • MP

      I don't care for Obama, and oppose much of his political agenda, but he is a human being with human feelings like the rest of us. I'm sure that he was affected by these horrendous killings just as other people all over the world were affected.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • zoo

      i'm sure you'd be saying the same thing, had bush given the speech instead. nothing but an ignorant republican trying to find another way to bash obama because your party can't relate to the general public and win an election. grow up

      December 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      ronnie, calm yourself, this man did not do this because of obama, he did not do this because his mother owned firearms. He did this because he was evil. and he did this because we have a media that makes stars of people that kill. please name me one victim of the VT shooting. just one, without googling. now name me the man that was the shooter at VT and the weapons he used.. see how much easier that is ? because the media made him into a celebrity for other crazy people to follow. he would have done anything he needed to to kill people, used guns or bombs or knives, it doesnt matter. we cannot keep blaming these social failures on objects. or one man Obama is not more the cause of this than gun owners are. focus your hate at the man that deserves it.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      Zoo, your showing just how tolerant and level headed you liberals are. You cant honestly complain about someone blaming a political leader and then follow it up in the same breath by blaming a political party. Again this shows the inability of the left to distinguish between the evil [or in this case dumb] actions or opinions of one person without blaming everyone else in the same area. Im a conservative. I own many firearms, I have never hurt a single person and never would. I disagree with Obama on just about ever issue there is. But I believe he is a good man and that he cares about these people. I believe he will go about solving this issue totally wrong BUT thats a difference of political minds, not the substance of the persons soul. I believe you are also a good person but you are letting your feelings get the better of you. hate someone, but hate the correct person.. the evil man that committed the crime.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. honey

    Who would want to meet with anyone when their child has been murdered? Obama stop with the political gain. Honestly, where do we go from here? This is hell and I am terrified for my children.

    December 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ts

      I totally agree with you. These parents are getting ready to bury their child, why in the hell could he not wait and come later. I tell you he is getting ready to go on vacation and he didnt want to miss that.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • VelveteenLady

      Um, the president of the U.S. represents every citizen of our country, including YOU. Since we all cannot personally visit the scenes of tragedies and extend our personal words of condolence, the president goes in our stead. It's a simple concept. Why don't you know this?

      December 16, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnS

      Who would want to meet? Probably those that show up! Your comment is merely another example of the very politicizing that you claim to criticize.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blain Smipy

      Just removing the 2nd second amendment won't do it, there are millions of guns hoarded and buried. What can we do about that? We have to go house to house and find these guns, force the owners to turn them in and destroy them...all. All guns kill. Gun control? What a joke, there are something like 20000 on the law books now and not a damn one stopped this or the other shootings. Gun REMOVAL is the only realistic answer to the crisis's in America now...and it is a national crisis. If the military is unwilling or unsympathetic to the cause then the Homeland Security and TSA along with the UN need to step up and provide the vehicle to do this. We need safety in our public places now! Never forget these were BABIES, 6 years old.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Oh yeah?

      And if Obama DIDN'T go there right away he would be called uncaring, cold, inept, etc.

      I can just see the posts and the cute screen names now.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      Please dont be, violent crime has been on the decrease since the early 90's. the worse mass killing at a school in history happened in 1927 when a man drove a car bomb into a school killing 45 people [most being children] your children are no more in danger today than in any other time in history. evil has always been with us no matter who was president or king or what tools evil used to do their deeds. The media however makes celebrities out of these people now and gives other crazies someone to look up to.. dont believe me ? name a victim of VT without googling it..now name the shooter and what weapon he used...alt easier isnt it ..the media has its agenda and will enforce it at the expense of life or freedom

      December 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      Blain Smipy~ please explain the man in china that attacked 23 children at there school with a knife. or the 1927 bath school bombing that klled 45 people, mostly children. Or mexico, with nearly zero civilian firearms ownership but the highest murder rate of any country in the world. Or england, nearly no gun ownership but knife crime so high they are banning pointy knives and knives that fold or all the murders before the advent of firearms. You could wrap the world in bubble wrap and take a the pointy and scary objects and there would still be evil men trying to headbutt people to death.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      Blain Smipy~ you do however make a good point without even realizing it. There are MILLIONS of firearms and semi automatic rifles in this country.. millions.. so just how many did not jump out of their saves that day and go kill someone on their own ?

      December 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      you totally ignore the hundreds of thousand of confirmed reports of people protecting themselves from attack with firearms every yer. For instance the mall shooting last week in which the man killed two people before killing himself, did you wonder why he killed himself so early ? because a man with a concealed carry permit pointed his weapon at the murderer, seeing the weapon the murderer ran into a hallway and shot himself instead of facing equal force.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samuel

      With all due respect, if Obama DIDN'T go, he'd be accused of ignoring the families and being insensitive. Those people want as much support as they can get and having the power of the presidency bringing attention to the world over this tragedy is not a terrible thing. If I were one of them, I'd be upset if Obama didn't come.

      December 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jaysargos

    mk ultra assassin? again????
    our tax dollars at work.........

    December 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tess

    Does anyone know what came of the guy they found in the bushes behind the school????

    December 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. marilynn

    I feel for all those affected by this tragedy, but it feels to me like the media is making way too much of it. Some people like to be "famous" even in death, and the way the media keeps putting this in our face may inspire another person who is mentally ill to use some horrifying means to be remembered.
    May God be with the families and friends of those whose lives were cut short. We will never understand it, but maybe we can learn something from it.

    December 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tensionfilter

    The script keeps being revised...

    December 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • steveiweevie

      You noticed that too? How do they go from having only the handguns in the school, to; only the long rifle was used now?

      December 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • steveiweevie

      A news anchor tried to interrupt Pete Williams when he said that Conneticut has some of the strictest gun laws.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Roger

    The guy started by shooting his own mother in the face killing her at home. So much for parenthood. What did mom do to deserve that, we need to know?

    December 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • VelveteenLady

      Roger, you should hang your head in shame and apologize. You are blaming the victim. Why not apply your question to the 20 children, who were shot and ask, "What did the children do to deserve that?" Please re-evaluate your words.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThinkAgain: All the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES!

      Her son was deranged.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TheFireman

    CNN needs to take a look in the mirror and see how they influence incidents like this. Interviewing little kids and asking what it was like in there is sick

    December 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • VelveteenLady

      Seriously? Parents had to give permission for their children to be interviewed. Let's point the finger where the guilt lies.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • KD

      I could not agree more.

      December 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Athensguy

    I bet it's fake

    December 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
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