It’s impossible to make sense of the senseless tragedy that struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. this morning. In a massive shooting, 20-year-old Adam Lanza claimed the lives of 26 people at the elementary school, 20 of them children — including his mother’s, kindergarten teacher Nancy Lanza, and his own — at the time of this post.
There’s little to say right now. Our hearts are broken today. As an
auntie, a cousin, and a teacher, I can only begin to imagine the grief the families are experiencing, having lost their babies today. The children killed were between five and 10 years old.
President Obama read a statement for the press today; you can watch the video here. Below is an excerpt:
The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers — men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.
To the students, teachers, and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School: our hearts are with yours.