December 17, 2012

A day of Newtown shockwaves across US

From news service reports

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A protester holds a banner during a march to the National Rifle Association headquarters in Washington Monday.

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Detectives and the FBI were still investigating.

 

NH high school has brief lockdown for loud noise

WINDHAM, N.H. — A New Hampshire high school was briefly locked down after an administrator heard a loud bang, but a police search found nothing suspicious.

Superintendent Henry LaBranche says the assistant principal at Windham High School heard a noise that he thought could have been a gunshot Monday morning. On heightened alert because of the school shooting in Connecticut, the school went into lockdown mode and called police.

The school resumed operations an hour later after authorities searched the building and found nothing out of the ordinary.

 

Conn. shooting rekindles trauma at Ohio school

CHARDON, Ohio — The Connecticut school shooting tragedy has rekindled emotional trauma at a northeast Ohio school still dealing with the aftermath of a gun rampage.

At Chardon High School, which is nearing the anniversary of a shooting that killed three students, extra counselors are on hand Monday and a therapy dog is working the hallways.

District spokeswoman Ellen Ondrey says students are collecting cards and letters to send to Newtown, Conn. A photo of the Chardon student body dressed in Newtown's colors is planned at the holiday concert.

Ondrey says another tragedy like Newtown, Conn., makes trauma resurface for teachers and students in Chardon.

Eighteen-year-old T.J. Lane goes on trial on murder charges next month in Chardon in the Feb. 27 attack.

 

Ohio ex-gov says gun rights, limits can co-exist

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A former Ohio governor whose career was built with help from the National Rifle Association says it's time to bring gun rights advocates, the entertainment industry and politicians together to reduce violence after the massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut school last week.

Democrat Ted Strickland spoke Monday after participating in the Ohio Electoral College that delivered Ohio's 18 electoral votes for President Barack Obama.

Strickland said the Second Amendment assuring the right to bear arms should be subject to reasonable limits, as is the case with the First Amendment guaranteeing free speech. He said restrictions could be worked out through frank dialogue for the good of the country.

A native of Appalachian eastern Ohio, Strickland said he's weighing a run against Republican Gov. John Kasich in 2014.

 

Man charged after Conn. school lockdowns

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Police in Connecticut say they arrested a man who caused school lockdowns in two towns after he was spotted dressed all in black, wearing a mask and carrying what appeared to be a rifle.

A school in Ridgefield and three schools in neighboring Redding were locked down for less than an hour Monday morning. Police say the object the man was carrying turned out to be an umbrella. It's not clear why he was wearing all black and a mask.

School officials nationwide are on heightened alert after 20 children and six adults were shot to death Friday at a school in Newtown, about 20 miles from Ridgefield.

Ridgefield police charged 22-year-old Wilfredo Seda of Redding with breach of peace.

A message seeking comment was left at Seda's home Monday.

 

 

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