The Effects of the Connecticut Shooting

Kayla Horton and Kyle Currington

Months after a mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, twenty students and six adults lost their lives on December 14th, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty year old Adam Lanza broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and killed 26 people–20 of them children. In a matter of minutes, an entire community was devastated.

The Newtown shooting was the second-deadliest in the United States, right after the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, which left 32 people dead. In Connecticut, three guns were recovered from inside the school and a fourth gun was found in a parked car outside of the school. Lanza was found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Aside from the killings at Sandy Hook, another adult, Lanza’s mother, was found dead inside a home in Newtown.

At the beginning of the school year, a new security system was installed requiring visitors to be identified and buzzed in. The gunman shot his way into the school. The first calls to 911 came in at about 9:30am. 20 minutes later, first responders arrived. Lanza shot himself inside of a classroom as law enforcement was approaching. After the building was secured, students and faculty were escorted to a nearby fire station. The firehouse became a gathering point for parents waiting to see if their children were still alive.

Since the shooting, many schools are taking action to apply better security measures. Schools around the country are teaming with local law enforcement and local government to put in place enhanced evacuation plans. Gun control efforts are now a very important issue.

Central High School has enforced new policies to ensure the safety of students. You may have noticed the Door Bloks on classroom door handles. According to www.doorblok.com, they are used to eliminate the distracting noise of the door opening and closing. We use them so a teacher can keep their door locked at all times and easily close the door by releasing one side of the Door Blok. Central’s highest priority is to keep our students and staff safe.