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The staff that tried to save the children 

The children:

Charlotte Bacon, 6

Daniel Barden, 7

Olivia Engel, 6

Josephine Gay, 7

Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6

Dylan Hockley, 6

Madeleine F. Hsu, 6

Catherine V. Hubbard, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Jesse Lewis, 6

James Mattioli, 6

Grace McDonnell, 7

Emilie Parker, 6

Jack Pinto, 6

Noah Pozner, 6

Caroline Previdi, 6

Jessica Rekos, 6

Avielle Richman, 6

Benjamin Wheeler, 6, Allison N. Wyatt, 6

The staff: Rachel Davino, 29

Dawn Hochsprung, 47

Anne Marie Murphy, 52

Lauren Rousseau, 30

Mary Sherlach, 56

Victoria Soto, 27


It is unimaginable that something like this could happen until it actually does. Everyone will remember where we were when we heard that a gunman had opened fire on children and teachers at an elementary school. Generally, children are off limits, even in war.

With mental illness combined with assult weapons created the most nightmarish event that I’ve witnessed on the news in my lifetime. Images of children shot multiple times in a sacuary of school speaks to the subconsious brain. The subconcious and the collective subconcious is not assuaged by the even the most powerful drug known to man: Words.

I don’t know what the subtle effects of this tragedy will be on families in the future. But now that the national psychy is sensitive to the notion that our children have even a slight chance of being hurt or killed in there school will reverberate for years to come on an almost-unnoticabe level.

We have been aware that our children are in harms way via the chemicle companies that have released 75,000 chemicles, wholesale, into the environment since 1940 without understanding the consequeces of those down the line.

All we know is that now, more than ever, is that able bodied, qualified people have realized that those of us who can, must get in the business of protecting kids — from guns, from chemicles in their food, air, water toys, and toxic messages to their minds.

We mourn with Newtown Connecticut and we work for the safety and wellbeing of the rest of our beloved kids.

In kitchens, subways, social media, cafes, and phone talks often come right back to those kids. Of course it is easy dive into politics and gun control, but here’s a less knee-jerk, thoughtful take on mental illness when moms know.

here is an article by a Boise woman in similar situtaions as thousands, or hundreds of thousands (we don’t know) as Adam Lanza"s mother.

Your friend in Woody Creek,

Anita Thompson

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