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A vigil is being held at Newtown High School at noon on Sunday.  Tonight at 5:30pm members of the Bethel community will gather in solidarity with our neighbors and in support for all those lost in yesterday's tragic events.  Several other vigils across the state are also planned.

 

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says the community extends it's deepest condolences to the victims of this senseless tragedy.  Boughton says any loss affects each person deeply, but the loss of these young children and those who were protecting them, makes it especially tragic.  Boughton has offered Newtown any assistance they may need in the aftermath of this mass shooting.

 

Congressman Jim Himes says words can not express the sadness and horror of this shooting.  He says the children of Sandy Hook Elementary are all of our children and he is offering his deepest sympathy to the victims and the survivors of this unspeakable crime.

 

Congresswoman-elect Elizabeth Esty says as a mother she can only begin to imagine what these students, teachers and staff must be experiencing.

 

Senator-elect Chris Murphy says he was shocked and saddened by this horrific news.  He was on scene Friday with Senator Richard Blumenthal where they said their thoughts and prayers are with the entire community.

 

Newtown state Representative DebraLee Hovey says the shock and horror of this incomprehensible act of cruelty and violence has ended so many beautiful and innocent lives.  She says when tragedies like this unfold in remote locations, they shake us, but never do we imaging that one will be in out own backyard.

 

Brookfield schools are sending out their thoughts and prayers to students and staff in Newtown as everyone tries to cope with the enormous tragedy that occurred Friday morning.  Director Of Special Services Charlie Manos says counseling staff will be available in Brookfield, with the school psychologist at Center Elementary School this morning from 10am to 1pm.  The crisis intervention hotline at Danbury Hospital is 1-888-447-3339.

 

School Administrators from Easton, Redding Region 9 say more than geography connect them with Newtown.  As reports came in, the 3 Superintendents say the scale of the carnage became apparent triggering feelings that all parents, teachers and public servants share.  Redding and Easton police made their presence visible outside each school building during dismissal time.  School officials will review security protocols.  All schools in the district will have support personnel available Monday for any students that requires it. 

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