Sandy Hook Elementary

This image depicts a rose memorial for the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims. They were killed when a shooter opened fire in the school on the 14th of December, 2012. Photo by Alexisrael, online via Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 3.0


Sorrow makes us all children again, 
destroys all differences of intellect. 
The wisest knows nothing. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Journal Entry From Emerson in His Journals, page 277 January 30, 1842

It is too soon for our story about the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.  It will come later, after a time of reflection.

Meanwhile, we are providing links to materials which may be helpful (such as a student-written tribute to the now-stilled voices at Virginia Tech, a dramatized chapter from Little Women [when Beth died], grief-counseling resources and poetry).

A Guide for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers - US Health & Human Services

Talking to Children - American Academy of Pediatrics

Voices from Virginia Tech

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, dramatized Chapter 40 ("Valley of the Shadow")

"Look for the Helpers" - Mr. Rogers

How to Talk about Violence against Kids - U of Minnesota

Catastrophic Mass Violence - National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Talking to Children about Death - National Institutes of Health

Limit Access to TV News - National Education Association

After a Loved One Dies - How Children Grieve

Security Steps at Schools - Education Week

"How healthily their feet upon the floor" - Edna St Vincent Millay

"Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep" - Mary Elizabeth Frye (previously anonymous)


Their Journey's Just Begun
(Author Unknown)

    Don't think of them as gone away,
    their journey's just begun.
    Life holds so many facets,
    this Earth is only one.

    Just think of them as resting
    from the sorrows and the tears,
    in a place of warmth and comfort,
    where there are no days and years.

    Think how they must be wishing
    that we could know, today,
    how nothing but our sadness
    can really pass away.

    And think of them as living
    in the hearts of those they touched
    for nothing loved is ever lost
    and they were loved so much.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Apr 28, 2014

Updated Last Revision: May 05, 2019

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