Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, Cindy Hill, spoke in Cheyenne Friday about the shooting tragedy in Connecticut that has claimed 26 victims, 20 of them schoolchildren.
In a media release, Hill said she joins with the country in sending prayers and condolences to all affected by what she calls incomprehensible violence.
According to preliminary reports, 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked in to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. armed with a semi-automatic rifle and pistols. This incident was the second-deadliest school shooting in the nation's history. The deadliest school shooting was the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre, where an armed man shot and killed 32 people - and then himself.
"We all grieve and share in this time of national sorrow," Hill said. "Schools should be places of safety, not danger; of order, not chaos; and above all places of love, not violence."
Hill said as a country we have a shared responsibility to raise our children in safety. She also said this is an opportunity to reach out to
"I call my fellow citizens to help those in need, especially those individuals who may think of violence as an acceptable form of expression," Hill said. "Let us be vigilant and act as a community of responsible adults vowing first and foremost to protect our children."
For additional information about Friday's shooting, the following link directs to one of the latest national reports: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/1....