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North Lawrence Community School Superindent Dennis Turner Comments About Shooting
Updated May 5, 2013 1:10 AM
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(BEDFORD) - North Lawrence Community School Superintendent Dennis Turner made a statement Sunday about the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

"Our flags will be half staff today in honor of and in memory of the sweet children and brave educators that lost their lives this past Friday, " Turner says. 'We honor the commitment and effort made every day by our educators and our staff, harmonizing with you as moms and dads and family to make school a safe and sound place for kids to learn. If you chose to talk to your children about this event, please tell them school is a place where they are cared for and where they are loved and are safe. We are their helpers. We want to be your helpers - you hold and hug them at home and we will love and care for them at school. Lets have a great last week of school."

All six adults killed at the school were women. Of the 20 children who were shot to death, eight were boys and 12 were girls. All the children were ages 6 or 7.

Investigators are trying to learn more about 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza, who killed himself after the massacre.

A medical examiner says all the victims of the Connecticut school shooting were killed up close by multiple gunshot wounds.

President Barack Obama arrived in Newtown to console families. He spoke to the community and the nation at a memorial service iin Newtown Sunday night.

President Barack Obama is vowing to use "whatever power" he has to prevent shootings like the Connecticut school massacre. Obama asked, "What choice do we have?"

He said the nation can't simply say that this type of violence against children "is somehow the price of our freedom." And he said Americans can't decide they are "powerless in the face of such carnage," or that "the politics are too hard."

He said, "Sure we can do better than this. We have an obligation to try." Near the top of his remarks, Obama read the names of the six adults who died. He finished by reading the first names of the 20 children who were killed.

Cries and sobs filled the room as he read those names.

Children at the service held stuffed teddy bears and dogs. Some sat on their parents' laps.

Before the event in Newtown, the president met privately with families of the victims and with the emergency personnel who responded to the shootings.

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