The unthinkable happened today, December 14, in both Connecticut and China. Tragedy struck at Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning when a man in his twenties entered the school where his mother taught. Not only that, but a man attacked a primary school in Beijing, China with a knife. In the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, the man entered a kindergarten classroom and shot students, as well as five other adults.
A student of Sandy Hook told an NBC reporter, “I was in the gym and I heard like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner and we huddled. We all heard these booming noises, and we started crying. So the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us. Then a police officer told us to run outside.”
There are a total of 27 fatalities, 20 children roughly between the ages of 5 and 10, and 6 adults including the gunman’s own mother who was found dead at her house. The shooter identified as Adam Lanza, took his own life too. According to the New York Times, the shooting ranks among the worst in recent United States history.
President Barack Obama commented on the horrible incident on a nationally televised speech. “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in these past few years and each time I learn the news I react not as a president but as anyone else would as a parent and that was especially true today,” Obama said Friday afternoon. “I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.”
Earlier today in Beijing, China, a primary school experienced another terrifying occurrence. Thirty-six year old Min Yingjun brought a knife to the school and used it against an elderly woman and as many as 22 children. Min Yingjun was taken down by school security guards; the attacker is now in police custody. Seven students had to be taken to the local hospital and two others were so badly injured that they had to be taken to better-equipped hospitals outside the country. Thankfully no deaths have been reported.
We mourn the deaths of those who had so much of their lives ahead of them. We are thinking of the family and friends of those affected, and we also hope that such tragedy never happens again.
President Barack Obama addresses nation on the Newtown, Connecticut shootings.