School officials assure parents in wake of Newtown incident
By Reece Murphy
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 6:00 am (Updated: December 19, 6:01 am)
It’s been five days now since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., left 20 children and six educators dead, news that struck the nation like a slap in the face.
Until Friday, Dec. 14, many Americans had become numb to news of mass shootings; shock and sadness, at first, quickly pushed to the back of the nation’s collective mind in a fatigued response to an all-too common crime.
But this was different, a crime of unimaginable evil in a place assumed to be among the last truly safe institutions in society.
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