Friday, December 28, 2012

[Feature: Child care] Time for healing broken hearts post-Sandy Hook.

On Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, the most horrific tragedy that could happen to children in American history was recorded. A gunman, name Adam Lanza, 20, who grew up in Newton, Connecticut, broke into the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newton, Conn., and sprayed bullets on young children who were as little as 5, killing them “several times.” The end day casualty was 20 children dead, of which 12 were girls and 8 boys, and also 6 adults, including the school principal.

The news report on the Sandy Hook Elementary School Newton, Conn., shooting as it was broadcast by ABCNews channel.
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The parents of Emilie Parker, 6, were among the first to make public statement about the deep loss. Robbie Parker, her father, fought back tears as he described the beautiful, blond, always-smiling girl who loved to try new things, except foods. He described her as a “bright, creative and very loving” girl.

" we move on from what happened here, what happened to so many people, let us not turn it into something that defines us" – Robbie Parker.

American president, Barack Obama, fights back tears as he spoke of the “broken hearts” of a nation and the families of the victims after the Newton, Conn., school shooting. He promises to provide resources, as a parent, for condoling the families, caring for the victims and counseling them.

The following is a list (as released by police) of the victims in Friday's shooting spree on the campus of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Source: Sandy Hook Shooting Victims' Names Released -
  1. Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
  2. Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
  3. Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female
  4. Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
  5. Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
  6. Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
  7. Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
  8. Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
  9. Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
  10. Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
  11. Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
  12. Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
  13. James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
  14. Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
  15. Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
  16. Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
  17. Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
  18. Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
  19. Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
  20. Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
  21. Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
  22. Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
  23. Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
  24. Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
  25. Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
  26. Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female
It will not be easy for the parents of our 20 dear hearts, especially for their friends who will see them no more. A child psychiatrist, Dr. Don Condle, advises that parents should look out for signs of trauma and sleeplessness as it will take time to heal the children’s emotional wounds. The children who are afraid of what happened will tend to respond with aggressive behavior. Parents should have a heart-to-heart with their children. They should reassure them of their safety. If they observe any abnormal or unusual behavior, they should immediately report to the child’s pediatrician.
Days after the killings, many persons do not understand the senselessness behind it. What happened was broadcast around the world, but not why it happened. Why a young man of 20 should first kill his mother before taking the lives of 25 others?

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