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CA Supt. of Schools Issues Statement About Conn. School Shooting

"This morning’s shooting in Connecticut is a terrible, senseless tragedy," Torlakson said.

California's Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson issued a statement Friday about the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. in which 27 fatalities have been confirmed by law enforcement.

"This morning’s shooting in Connecticut is a terrible, senseless tragedy," Torlakson said. "Our grief is made all the deeper when we think of the innocence of the lives lost and the valiant efforts of teachers and school leaders to protect them. Our hearts go out to the victims, their families, and the entire school community."

The shooting was reported at about 9:30 a.m. Eastern time in the town with a population of about 28,000. Just after 3:30 p.m Eastern time, law enforcement confirmed 20 children and six adults were killed.

Authorities confirmed the alleged shooter was dead inside the school, which serves children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

In light of the tragedy, President Barack Obama has ordered flags to be flown at half staff at all public institutions until Dec. 18. Teachers and students died, he said.

not telling u December 17, 2012 at 07:51 AM
Very much so Snow, it is of no comfort at all. It's more of a slap in the face. Most people, that have not lost someone tragically, do not understand how those words cause more pain than comfort. Stop trying to make it better, and honestly the media and all these people constantly posting the prayer pics, and the names, and every other thing, need to stop. Let the families morn, without seeing their child's face plastered all over social media web sites. It does not help them. It makes the pain even worse. If someone wants to join in on the prayers, attend a vigil, go to church and light a candle. Do private beautiful things. But stop making a news headline everyday. The parents are not looking for attention or media buzz, but everyone else is. I guess it makes them look like a good person, if they constantly bombard everyone with sadness and tears. Find your own cause and leave these families to morn. Oh and I agree that no one from Conn. is reading our little patch, or seeing our FB posts. My best to you Snow.
The Teller of Truth December 17, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Snowbroom, Do you really think this is the place for your much needed therapy? Do you think this is the thread to talk about your sexual preferences & frustrations? I think you're rather sick dude! I think you need some mental counseling, and I don't mean from any blog. I think I will dublicate CC and say that you're dismissed! Get some HELP buddy! And thats ALL that I have to TELL you......
Snowmanbroomhand December 17, 2012 at 07:58 AM
Truth, I have no idea what that comment even means. You're the one who brought up the "30 seconds", not me. I don't even know what you're trying to say, anymore. Please, do, try to come up with a coherent reply so I'll know how to respond. And, really, you still think I'm a guy? Your powers of observation are absolutely astounding!
Snowmanbroomhand December 17, 2012 at 08:02 AM
I know, someone posted the pictures of the children murdered on FB and I couldn't even look. It's not my business, not my place to know who was killed. I know that if it were my child, I wouldn't want his face plastered all over some stranger's facebook page. I can't say it's sick or disgusting because of the impact this has had. People in our neck of the woods were shocked, wracked with sorrow, just knowing that this happened and they are grieving, too. Posting the pictures may make them feel better.
The Teller of Truth December 17, 2012 at 08:02 AM
Yeah, just like you think I'm a woman! Get some help.......
Snowmanbroomhand December 17, 2012 at 08:06 AM
With all due respect, Truth, you are duplicitous in nature. You have belittled my "supposed" manhood which speaks volumes and have yet to reply in a manner befitting an adult. Lets try again, shall we?
not telling u December 17, 2012 at 08:11 AM
Agreed Snow. Truth I am far from an angry person nor am I a broken hearted person. Rather rash judgements you have placed upon me. Console as you wish, but just take into consideration how your words may not have the effect you hear as they go out as the sufferer hears coming in. Take good care as well.
The Teller of Truth December 17, 2012 at 08:12 AM
@ Nottelling U, So by your logic, you think that the President of the United States just slapped everyone in the face because of his comment "God has called them all home!" ?? Believe it or not, normal people do say and ACCEPT peoples condolences. So to tell them to stop doing what they can, because you don't want to hear it, makes you seem incredibly selfish and angry. The media is just doing its job reporting this to all that don't know about it. Just think about it. How did you find out? Do you remember any of the victims names? Of course people from Conn. aren't reading this. Its more for comfort and making sense of it all for a peaceful acceptance in our own community. People are sharing their thoughts & good wishes all over the United States. It does not sound like you are there yet. You know that you don't have to spend any more time being mad. There are grief counseling groups that can possibly help you with your remaining issues. Just a suggestion. Take care now.
The Teller of Truth December 17, 2012 at 08:19 AM
@ Not telling U, just trying to help you. Oh how I do realize how sometimes my good intentions are sometimes twisted around by some people that have a negative view of the world. That doesn't bother me. I guess the first step is in the realization. So good luck to you too!
not telling u December 17, 2012 at 08:24 AM
Oh one last thing, last I checked Freedom of Speech and Religion still ranked pretty high in this country. The nasty judgments and basic cock fighting going on here is ridiculous. We all have opinions and true Americans will stand up for themselves, without the debauchery that has been going back and forth. Respect your fellow mans views and concerns. Don't belittle them because they don't comply with your beliefs. Snow expressed an opinion and because it didn't rank up to every one else's standards they have been demeaned by many of you. Not a very Christian act. BTW my faith is very much intact, for which ever one of you decided to call me out. You all speak of God. Would God be proud of the malicious words you have been expelling from your keyboards. HMMM maybe he will decide tomorrow it will be your time, or maybe he needs another ninny to take a dictation, or better yet another angel in his force. Doesn't sound so good, when its being said about you does it? Get off your soap box and be human. Of course my daughter (who is 9) said it best today....God must like stupid people, because he sure made a lot of them. Previous commentator excluded S.
not telling u December 17, 2012 at 08:28 AM
Hmm I dont need your help. But thanks for sharing. Our President is an idiot for many other reasons. He said what he was told to say and what the American people needed to hear. Your words do not upset me nor do they make any mark on my life. Your sympathetic tone, I do find annoying. Take care now bye bye then.
Brenda December 17, 2012 at 08:35 AM
My post didnt show up, the last one, asking everyone to just please stop. Its just not the time. This was a place for feelings about this horrible mass murdering of children and women. Not a debate or penis sizes or who is gay or not. Everyone is too raw at the moment to debate, between this horrible tragedy and remember all of our own families, friends who we have lost violently or to illness. For everyone who posted a families death here, Thank you for sharing the pain here and I think we could have done that more if everything had not gotten so angry. VIC, I am tired, and I am not sure what I wrote that was negative about you. I honestly do not remember. For whatever it is I am surely sorry, read it wrong or some such thing as you and I get along. Too many posts, more and more upsetting as I read them, and not sure what has happened along the way now other then "feelings, hearts, souls and love" went out the window. Goodnite Teller, Constant, Vic, and Gal Cann who made one post on one of these and did the smart thing and stayed out. LOL. For once he took the right road!! Its not safe in here! Hugs, and kisses to ya all.
The Teller of Truth December 17, 2012 at 08:42 AM
Thats ok Not Telling U, I'm content with the fact that I tried.... bye now!
The Teller of Truth December 17, 2012 at 08:44 AM
Ok Brenda, anything for you! ;~) Good night!
Brenda December 17, 2012 at 08:44 AM
Teller, That is exactly what happens with TYPE. How many times have we even typed to good friends and family and they take it all wrong, back asswards? A Lot! And yes its their regular, normal everyday frame of mind that reads it how THEY want to see it, instead of HOW you meant it. Now if you had said your first comment to everyones face to face I bet there would not have been one single person who took it wrong. Not One. As I read it to my husband earlier, he said he might have taken it wrong when first reading it if he did not know the person better, and 2, 3rd reading would have probably helped him see you did NOT mean it in a negative manner like God took the mans hand and pulled the trigger. So its everyone interpretation and what kind of mood they are in when they read it apparently. Thank God my husband is always in a good mood and always gives everyone the benefit of the doubt or this experiment would not have worked.
Brenda December 17, 2012 at 08:47 AM
And Teller that is all that matters. You are content with your initial comment, you know how you meant it, and you are content with what you said to "ok not telling u", and you tried. That is all you can do. Toodles
not telling u December 17, 2012 at 08:48 AM
Awe Truth, it's ok that you tried, everyone fails at some point. I'm sure you will overcome with some witty comment. zzzzzzzzzzzzz but no one is listening anymore. Brenda you have a lovely kind soul, have a good night. Snow you are an opinionated soul, thats what this country was founded on, stay true. Truth...I'm sure there is something good to your nature, but for now all I can see is rudeness. Good night all may sleep bring you all peace and kindness for the days to follow.
Snowmanbroomhand December 17, 2012 at 09:01 AM
Sadly, Brenda called me an "ass" earlier, without realizing that I was speaking from a perspective of experience. I forgive her, as she couldn't have possibly known. I greatly take offense to Truth's need to tell us all that we need help. I have a feeling, Truth has never had to experience the losses we have both shared, here. I hope Truth never has to. The pain, the sheer torture isn't something I'd wish on my worst enemy. BUT, and I will say this, when I'm called "bitter" over the loss of a child or an "ass" for having beliefs that don't exactly gel with the general consensus, I am going to raise, ahem, Hell. And I have and I have no apologies. After the kids went to bed, I took it upon myself to research these two (Constant Comment and Truth). It didn't take much, just a click on their name and an overview of their past comments. It wasn't surprising to see them bullying, ganging up and berating other posters. They believe they own patch and no one who says otherwise has the right to post. It is my understanding that we live in the USA. This website is public domain, as it delivers the news. My views, yours, Brenda's, Vic's are as welcome as Truth's and Comment's (no matter how the latter may lower themselves in comment form).
not telling u December 17, 2012 at 09:07 AM
I take back my past comment regarding B. Bullying is not ok ever. I missed the ASS comment. Not nice. Sadly we spoke to them as adults, maybe I should have used smaller words so their bulling ass' would understand. Well I'm off to bed, they can cyber bully all they like. I don't care. Night :)
Snowmanbroomhand December 17, 2012 at 09:20 AM
Brenda, you called me an "ass" for expressing a similar sentiment. No, I didn't come right out and say the sentiments offered from Truth's first comment were naiively offered to me after I lost a child and therefore could bear absolutely no comfort. I forgive you, for how would you have known? In this instance, however, once I did share my reasoning behind being so bothered by it, I was called "bitter" and a comment I at once was uncomfortable sharing and immediately deleted, showed back up, without my permission. I deleted it because it details a highly personal time in my life. The fact that Commenter chose to keep it up after I demanded it be removed speaks VOLUMES of the company kept on this site. I have never been more disgusted.
Snowmanbroomhand December 17, 2012 at 10:15 AM
Hey, Vic, sorry. For most of your posting, I was on my phone and, not proud to admit, paying a little more attention to CC and Truth's posts. I didn't see yours and I didn't see that you had defended me. Thank you.
Snowmanbroomhand December 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Thanks, ntu, sleep well!
Snowmanbroomhand December 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM
CC and Truth, now you're attacking Vic, a guy who has plainly remained cool headed and logical. Seriously, what are you playing at? Again, I've seen how you both behave on this site and nothing you write will deter me or intimidate me. You both have proven, time and time again (as your history proves) that you seek attention by being both, combative and illogical. Keep it up, I'm here for the long haul. And, Vic, thanks for not backing down and for being a sound, rational mind in all this chaos.
Snowmanbroomhand December 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Also, Vic, you embody my Christian friends -- those I've chosen to share my life with. Those who walk and talk the word of Jesus and don't blaspheme their own religious beliefs by displaying the typical behavior their very savior frowned upon: passing judgment, self-righteousness, exhibiting hate rather than love for their fellow man, regardless how one may believe. There are a lot of planks in many eyes, tonight. Lets see how many choose to remove them.
Snowmanbroomhand December 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Constant Comment, please tell me how I, in demanding my very personal and DELETED comment removed has put you in a "defensive position"? It was MY right to remove what I said, simply because my sorrow, my pain, my loss was completely lost on you and your compadres (that's Spanish, in case you were wondering). In that post I was trying to explain to Truth how ludicrous the first comment that started this whole mess was, coming from someone who suffered a very deep loss and was told the same thing. You are not being bullied, dear. Keep thinking of yourself as a victim. I'm sure those parents (and myself and ntu, for that matter) will really feel for you. A bully (as you are, admittedly, "MARFA") has no excuse. What, dear? You want Gestapo privileges? Well, woo-hoo! You've earned your badge, policing a little website in SoCal. Wow, such power!
Snowmanbroomhand December 17, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Truth, I was angry at your comments, especially calling me "bitter" and ntu "selfish". I'm not angry at you, anymore. I feel sorry for you. I pity you, really. You're very confused, can barely compose a coherent sentence and, when you finally manage one, it's completely out of the thread's original discussion. Now, because I'm tolerant, I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt: you were confused. No harm, no foul. However, I could say that for such a veteran user, you sure don't know this site very well! Anyway, you're just adorable when you try so hard. Don't give up, now!
Galactic Cannibal December 17, 2012 at 02:47 PM
In the year 2012 there is in my opinion, no logical reason to keep the 2nd. Amendment (right to bear arms.) It costs the USA approx 11,000 citizens murdered every year by use of guns,. including the massacre in Connecticut The second Amendment was created when there was no standing Army and the young USA was a festering criminal sewer (FCS). Today we have a standing army and automatic firing guns and a reduced FCS. , When 2nd Amendment was created there was no automatic firing guns. A single shot Flintlock with poor accuracy was the gun menu at that time. America must stop being the number one gun murder nation on the planet. A person is 5 times more likely to be shot and killed by gun in the USA that in the EU. Could this murder rate be explained by: The EU bans personal ownership of guns The USA does not.
Galactic Cannibal December 17, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Dude , Where does our country rate over the passed 60 years in invading countries who did not attack the USA. Our Dollar bills are printed with the words "In God We Trust" Is that the reason why we are the INVADERS And get our troops slaughtered as well as kill those who did not attack our country. The INVASIONS of Korea Vietnam IRAQ Afghanistan These invasions caused 100,000 young American soldiers to be slaughtered in battle as invaders. As for this religious GOD addiction. I believe that GOD is a man invented cancer of the mind, responsible for death and destruction of millions and millions throughout the ages. Have a tranquil day dude
popeye December 18, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Tea Bagger dreamer....ha ha ha
Brenda December 19, 2012 at 07:19 AM
No, criminals will get guns, rifes, autos however, and whereever they can. We can ban them all they want, and do you ever see many murder;ers or crimes committed with guys using their own licensed guns? Ahhh NO, unless its a quick hit on a husband or wife with the family weapon. We can ban GUNS, but the criminals will have them, and other weapons, and do just as many crimes as they do now, nothing will change. It also takes the rest of our right to protect our own family and home against these thugs. I may be disabled but I can get off my shots with the doubled barrelled sawed off shot gun, or some shots with the 357 with a few hollow points because NO ONE will harm my family. How to prevent these horrible massacures happening at schools and movie theaters we all will have to look AT, and SOON.

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