Prayer zone for a better, empowering, inspiring, promoting, prospering, progressing and more successful life through Christ Jesus

Posts tagged ‘School shooting’

34 Questions On The Sandy Hook School Shooting That Have Never Been Answered (VIDEO).

Regardless of how you view the Sandy Hook Newtown school shooting, it has raised multiple questions that have never received satisfactory answers, such as:

  1. Why were no “Life-Flight” or “Life-Star” helicopters called in to assist victims at Sandy Hook?
  2. Why were paramedics and EMTs denied access to victims?
  3. Why did the medical examiner not allow families to see the bodies of their dead children?
  4. Why was such an effort made to tie both Adam and Nancy Lanza to the Sandy Hook school, when later it was found that those reports were false?
  5. The school nurse claims to have heard 5 shots. How would 5 shots result in over 20 dead bodies?
  6. Why was the Newtown school completely destroyed with no trace of it remaining? They didn’t tear down the school in Columbine, Colorado.

34 Questions On Sandy Hook Shooting That Have Never Been Answered from Now The End Begins onVimeo.

…and the list goes on and on. We invite you to watch this video and simply attempt to answer these 34 questions yourself using only available facts, common sense and logic. But we promise you, that if you simply watch the video all the to the end, you will absolutely come to the conclusion that whatever actually happened at the Sandy Hook School, it is not what we have been lead to believe.

Why Is This ‘Grieving Dad’ Smiling And Laughing Before His Obviously Fake Performance? from Now The End Begins on Vimeo.

And what about “greiving dad” Robbie Parker? When he thought the cameras were not rolling, he is seen laughing and joking like he doesn’t have a care in the world. When he starts to talk, he gives the most pathetically-bad display of horrible acting, with all the fake crying you can stand to watch. Click and see for yourself.

by NTEB News Desk

Newtown School Massacre Victims Still Reeling Six Months Later.

Sandy Hook
(Photo courtesy Walnut Hill Community Church)

It was six months ago today, on Dec. 14, 2012, that a gunman went into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and left 26 people dead. It was the worst non-university school shooting in American history. (Thirty-two people were killed in the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.)

Six months later, the victims’ families and the entire community are still reeling from the tragedy, and Christians are stepping up to provide counseling at this critical time.

My good friend Clive Calver, senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, has joined forces with the local Assemblies of God and business leaders to raise money for the Sandy Hook Restoration Fund & Fellowship. They have raised approximately $200,000, with a goal to double that amount.

“Today, the streets are congested with TV vans, mobile broadcasting units and the like,” Clive told me in an email. “Tomorrow, all in Newtown will apparently return to sleepy normality. But one thing has changed—the legacy of troubled, disturbed lives of first responders and the personal pain endured by parents who have lost those they love.”

Below, I tell about the need and the program. I believe it’s been well thought out and is sound. Christian Life Missions, our nonprofit partner, has voted to give $10,000 as a matching fund for everything I can raise today from my readers. So, I urge you to read on and give generously.

Remember, Jesus said to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Were you forced to live with such a terrible ordeal, you would appreciate the Christian community rallying around you like this. If each of us would do a little, it would go a long way.

I remember that fateful day when I heard the news. I knew that my friend Clive pastored in Bethel, Conn. While I didn’t know exactly where Newtown was, I knew it couldn’t be too far because Connecticut is not too big. I called Clive and found out that he and his wife live in Newtown and that his church is only 14 minutes away. Clive told me that some of the first responders were from his church and that some of the children who died were actually connected to his church through some of the community outreaches his church does.

I invited Clive to write a commentary on what was happening from the perspective of a local pastor. You can read that by clicking here.

When Clive, who is part of the guiding board of the project, told me this week about the Sandy Hook Restoration Fund &Fellowship and reminded me that the sixth-month anniversary is a traumatic time for the victims’ families, I knew immediately that I needed to respond and share this need.

The Sandy Hook Restoration Fund & Fellowship exists to aid in the healing and rebuilding of the Sandy Hook/Newtown community by enabling and supporting immediate and long-term community, counseling and school needs and initiatives.

These services are being provided through the Fund:

Counseling and support: Providing ongoing professional counseling and trauma support to families who lost children, families of surviving children, first responders and the broader community via one-on-one counseling, public seminars, the GriefShare ministry, women’s programs and counselors being available following major events.

Equipping and training: Professional equipping and training in how to help others work in the areas of trauma and grief for local church leaders, prayer teams, care teams and therapists. In addition to workshops and seminars, resources have been developed and dispersed.

Healing, comfort and unity: Large-scale community events that bring together thousands from the area to heal, receive comfort and experience community.

Evangelism: With approximately 4,000 visitors having come through the doors of Walnut Hill Community Church in the past six months, the gospel has been clearly preached and the love of Jesus clearly shown. Walnut Hill has already seen more than 100 people surrender their lives to Jesus since the tragedy. Hundreds more are on a journey toward Him.

Financial support: Funds were provided to help those directly involved in the tragedy with pressing financial needs immediately following the tragedy in order to give them necessary space to heal. Funds continue to be made available for these purposes.

So often our readers have given generously to needs like this, most recently with the tornados in Oklahoma. Please give this time. Your gift is tax-deductible through Christian Life Missions, and every dollar will go to the Sandy Hook Restoration Fund. Nothing will be taken out for administration. And your gift is matched up to $10,000 from Christian Life Missions.Donate really big

It’s like Clive Calver told me: “Counsel and support are so needed, and your help to make this possible is incredible. Thank you!”

Please click below to donate to the Sandy Hook Restoration Fund & Fellowship, and please give generously.



Steve Strang is the founder and publisher of Charisma. He has been friends with Clive Calver since 1992 and served for several years on the board of World Relief when Clive was president. Follow him on Twitter at @sstrang or Facebook (stephenestrang).

America’s long history of school shootings means Obama is right, NRA is wrong.

Gun advocates say the cause of mass-casualty school shootings isn’t guns but eroding values. But America has a long history of school shootings. The toll is worse now because of the weapons available. President Obama and his allies in Congress are right to seek a ban on assault weapons.


As President Obama announced tough new proposals for gun control in response to last month’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., it’s worth remembering another school shooting and the lessons that it has to offer Americans on gun violence.

On Jan. 11 in Columbia, S.C., a boy armed with a gun killed one of his schoolmates and severely wounded several others. Presumably firing upon them in retaliation for bullying, he expressed no regret for his deed.

It’s a disturbing story of the sort that raises questions about the direction the world is heading in – the kind of story that makes us long for simpler times.

The year, however, was 1890.

OPINION: Sandy Hook exposes the logic gap in NRA’s opposition to gun control

Many gun advocates, of course, would like us to believe that school shootings are a recent phenomenon. After all, if the problem is new and guns are old, then the problem can’t be the guns. The root cause, instead, must be an eroding set of values, or inadequate diagnosis of mental health disorders, or a culture of violence at which video games are the rotten core.

Yet the truth is that children have been dying from gun violence in schools for generations.

The first school shooting, in fact, is older than America. It took place in 1764 when four Lenape warriors shot a Pennsylvania teacher in front of his students. Since then, motives have varied, but the effect has always been similarly grim. In 1853, a student in Kentucky shot and killed a teacher for punishing his brother. In 1891, a 70-year-old man fired a shotgun at students at a school playground in Newburgh, N.Y. In 1946 a 15-year-old student was shot in the basement of his Brooklyn school by “seven thugs.”

School shootings, in short, are not a new phenomenon, and have occurred with relative frequency since before the Civil War.

The problem, certainly, has gotten worse with the rise of semiautomatic weapons. A scan of newspaper headlines reveals that prior to their proliferation, multiple fatalities in school shootings were a rarity. In 1917, for instance, a young man shot and killed a high school student. But according to The New York Times reporter covering the story, he had no opportunity to reload his weapon and had to use “some pieces of old iron” to fight through the crowd and make his escape.

And the problem has also become more visible. Whereas once a distant shooting garnered little attention in crowded local newspapers, TV cable news teams are now on the ground within hours to play out every possible angle of a story.

OPINION: How I came to accept guns – to a point

But even as more attention has been drawn to such incidents, many continue to believe that firearms are not the problem. Why? Because Americans live in a nation with a celebrated gun myth – a largely invented history of heroism, rather than murder, that is steadily renewed by groups like the National Rifle Association.

In school or out, however, scholars have shown: Guns make violence more deadly. According to theHarvard Injury Control Research Center, there is substantial evidence that more guns means more murders. And economist Richard Florida has presented compelling evidence that states with tighter gun-control laws have fewer gun-related deaths. Yet public opinion has largely slid in the wrong direction. According to Gallup, 78 percent of Americans polled in 1990 favored stricter gun laws – a figure that declined to 62 percent in 2000 and 44 percent in 2010, though it rose back up to 58 percent in late December, following the Sandy Hook shooting.

Not surprisingly, then, Americans have continually failed to place consistent and substantial limits on firearms and most egregiously on semiautomatic assault weapons. In fact, some propose adding more guns to the mix. In Utah, teachers have been undergoing concealed weapons training sponsored by the Utah Shooting Sports Council. The NRA wants guards with guns at every school in the country. And former Secretary of Education William Bennett recently opined that it might be a good idea to have “one person in a school armed, ready for this kind of thing.”

What the public needs to understand is that school shootings are tragically not a new problem caused solely by recent social or cultural shifts. This is an old problem, and the historical record is littered with stories of firearms ending lives in classrooms. But as those guns have gotten bigger, faster, and more accurate over the years, their death toll has become greater. And still many Americans ache for a past in which guns protected liberty and did no harm. But that past is imagined.

Many of Mr. Obama’s proposals will meet with hard resistance in Washington, backed by a powerful NRA lobby. But leaders in Congress with the moral courage to take on the gun issue must act now, in the wake of a shooting that has stirred Americans into a state of outrage. Because if they wait, their window of opportunity will close. Americans will return to our more ordinary concerns and gradually forget Sandy Hook, just as we have forgotten so many of its antecedents.

OPINION: Sandy Hook massacre: The NRA’s gun ‘rights’ are a fabrication of modern times

Who, after all, keeps alive the memory of the 1989 shooting in Stockton, Calif. in which a gunman sprayed elementary school children with a legally purchased assault rifle? Not the NRA. Not the gun lobby. Not an under-informed public or those with a nostalgic view of the past. Only the wounded who lived to see adulthood. And the families of the dead, who didn’t.


By Jack Schneider | Christian Science Monitor

Jack Schneider is assistant professor of education at The College of the Holy Cross and author of“Excellence For All: How a New Breed of Reformers Is Transforming America’s Public Schools.”

Newtown school superintendent rejects NRA proposal to arm teachers.

Newtown, Conn., Superindent of Schools Janet Robinson on Wednesday blasted critics who suggested armed teachers would have stopped the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Robinson, speaking on Capitol Hill during a House hearing on gun violence, said she felt remarks made in the wake of the shooting suggesting that Principal Dawn Hochsprung could have killed the shooter had she been armed were “insensitive.” Robinson said, “She wasn’t at her desk and no good principal is.”

Robinson flat-out rejected the NRA proposal to place armed guards in every classroom in America, noting that the weapon used in the Sandy Hook shooting was a semi-automatic. “They didn’t have a chance,” she said.

And she added that she doesn’t envision elementary school teachers “packing” weapons while they sit on the carpet with small children—children who she said could be at risk around inexperienced gun owners.

Robinson called on Congress to help offer long-term support to her community. “Mental health is a big piece when you have lost your whole sense of safety,” she said, noting that Newtown residents want concrete signs of safety including a visible police presence.

The hearing, hosted by House Democrats, was designed to gather input on how to combat gun violence. Though Congress was out of session, the event drew more than 60 members from both parties to a standing-room-only venue that required an overflow room.

Earlier on Tuesday, President Barack Obama, standing beside Vice President Joe Biden, had unveiled a sweeping plan to combat gun violence.

By  | The Ticket

Man who helped Sandy Hook kids harassed by conspiracy theorists.


Gene Rosen on the Fox News Channel. (Fox News)

A man who found six children in his driveway in Newtown, Conn., after their teacher had been shot and killed in last month’s school massacre has become the target of conspiracy theorists who believe the shootings were staged.

“I don’t know what to do,” Gene Rosen told “I’m getting hang-up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘How much am I being paid?’”

Rosen, a 69-year-old retired psychologist who lives near Sandy Hook Elementary School where the shootings took place, says his inbox is filled with emails like this one:

How are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the ‘shooting’. What is the going rate for getting involved in a gov’t sponsored hoax anyway?

“The quantity of the material is overwhelming,” Rosen said, adding that he’s sought the advice of a retired state police officer and plans to alert the FBI.

[Related: One month after school massacre, parents of Sandy Hook victims speak, urging ‘real change’]

On the morning of Dec. 14, Rosen had just finished feeding his cats when he saw six small children “sitting in a neat semicircle” at the end of his driveway. According to the Associated Press:

A school bus driver was standing over them, telling them things would be all right. It was about 9:30 a.m., and the children, he discovered, had just run from the school to escape a gunman.

“We can’t go back to school,” one little boy told Rosen. “Our teacher is dead.”

Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old gunman, shot his way into the school and opened fire, killing 20 children and six adults.

[Slideshow: Scenes from Newtown, Dec. 14-21, 2012]

Rosen took the four girls and two boys–students of slain teacher Victoria Soto–into his home, gave them toys and comforted them while he tried to reach their parents. He spent the days following the massacre telling his story to the swarming media that invaded the small Connecticut town in the wake of the shootings.

“I wanted to speak about the bravery of the children,” Rosen told Salon. “I guess I kind of opened myself up to this.”

A quick Web search for Rosen’s name reveals some of what he’s opened himself up to: Appearing online are photos of his home, his address and phone number, several fake YouTube accounts and plenty of conspiracy theories.

One post, entitled “Grieving Town Grandfather, or Bad ‘Crisis Actor,'” reads in part:

Gene’s oft repeated, and changing, story about that day, focuses totally on the kids and the sound of gunshots. Even though his eyes and ears should’ve taken in the whole scene, his story focuses completely on the kids and the guns.

Why? Well, if this was a false flag event designed to move political opinion on gun control, here in America, then you would get a lot more bang for your buck by talking about the innocent little children. That’s what tugs on America’s heart strings the most … especially around Christmas time.


By  | The Lookout

Hero Teacher Talks Shooter into Dropping Gun at Calif. School.

PHOTO: Concerned parents and family members wait outside San Joaquin Valley high school in Taft, Calif., Jan. 10, 2013.
Tennessee Teen Arrested Over School Shooting Threat

A California high school teacher is being hailed a hero for talking a 16-year-old shooter into putting down his gun and turning himself in after opening fire on a classroom and wounding another student, police said.

The student victim was taken to a nearby hospital and remains in critical but stable condition, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told reporters on Thursday.

The teacher, whose name has not yet been officially released by authorities, helped evacuate nearly two dozen students out a door at Taft Union High School in Taft, Calif., while calmly engaging the young gunman, who is a student at Taft Union, in conversation.

PHOTO: Concerned parents and family members wait outside San Joaquin Valley high school in Taft, Calif., Jan. 10, 2013.
Chris McCullah/The Californian/ZUMA
Concerned parents and family members wait… View Full Size
Armed Volunteers Guard Arizona Schools Watch Video
Tennessee Teen Arrested Over School Shooting Threat Watch Video
Tragedy at Sandy Hook: The Search for Solutions Watch Video

The teacher and a campus supervisor, who responded to the gunfire and arrived at the classroom, helped convince the teenager to stop shooting.

“They talked him into putting the shotgun down,” Youngblood said.

The shooting began around 9 a.m. in the school’s science building and sheriff’s deputies were on the scene within one minute of the call. An armed security guard who is typically at the school was not on campus because he had been snowed in, the sheriff said.

Two other students received minor injuries: One reported hearing loss and the other fell over a table. The teacher was shot with a pellet, but refused medical treatment, according to police.

The school’s 900 students were evacuated from the building and many of them were met by parents within minutes of the first 911 calls.

Today’s shooting comes less than month after 20-year-old Adam Lanza opened fire on an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. killing 20 children and six adults.


By  (@GoldmanRussell)

Chaplains Help Newtown Find ‘New Normal’.

Newtown healing

The words were so powerful yet they summed up what everyone in Newtown, Conn., has been thinking.

One mother, who lost her child in the Sandy Hill Elementary School shooting, kept repeating the same line over and over after collapsing into the arms of a Rapid Response Team chaplain.

“I just can’t believe he’s gone.”

Nobody can. Yet life moves on in this small community torn apart by senseless violence, even when families of the victims have not.

“People are not supposed to bury their children,” chaplain Carolin Perez said. “I think they will begin to put one foot in front of the other, but it’s difficult.

“It affects your ability to trust. And I don’t think they’ll ever be the same.”

Carolin and her husband, Desi, were two of 27 crisis-trained chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, who have ministered to more than 700 in the Newtown community.

Sometimes it’s simply providing a listening ear. Other times it’s a quick prayer. But mostly, the chaplains are there to give a “ministry of presence” in an unspeakable time such as this.

Carolin, who has a degree in counseling, recalled one hour-long conversation with a victim’s family member, where 15 minutes were spent in silence, except for constant sobs. “We just held him and let him weep,” Carolin said. “Not everyone is comfortable in that type of setting, but because of the training we’ve had as chaplains we can meet that need.”

Still, Carolin knows that there’s only One who can truly comfort during these immense levels of hurt — and the Rapid Response Team has been nothing more than a conduit of the hope and love of Christ.

“We’ve been able to see the power of God’s comfort and presence in a time of horrific sorrow,” Carolin said. “And how He is indeed able to meet people where they are at in the grieving process — because everyone grieves differently.

“The Lord has been able to meet their needs and comfort them in a way that no one else is able to.”

On Thursday, students went back to school for the first time at Chalk School, which has been renamed Sandy Hook in nearby Monroe, Conn. Comfort dogs roamed the halls of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School, while each student was allowed one parent to come along.

“It was a little bit tough to see, from the standpoint that the school looked like a military base with all the guards out front,” Carolin said. “A lot of police cars, policemen — just a high level of security.

“But it was very sweet from the standpoint that on the lengthy drive into the school there were a lot of signs from people showing their support, saying the community was praying for them.”

Two of the three make-shift memorials have been taken down, including the one across the street from the fire station with 26 trees — one for every victim who died at the school.

The final memorial, just off Interstate 84 on Exit 10 — and less than a half mile from the school — is a tent where people have brought flowers, stuffed animals, banners and other remembrances.

“The community is saying we’re ready to move on and think of ways to heal and not be constantly reminded about what’s happened here,” Carolin said.

Still, there is an urgent need for prayer as Newtown tries desperately to turn the page.

“Things will never be the same, but we ask you to pray as the kids return to school and the community begins to seek ‘the new normal,’ ” said Jack Munday, international director of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. “Most of all, please continue to pray for the families of those dear little children and the teachers and administrators who died that day. They need our prayers as much as ever.”

The outpouring of love and support has made a lasting imprint on the Newtown community, according to the chaplain.

Visitors from Nigeria and Korea who were visiting the U.S. have come to Newtown express their sympathy. Some traveled from North Carolina and Alabama to offer prayers and support.

“They’ve been overwhelmed at the magnitude of support they’ve received,” Carolin said.

Just as the chaplains themselves have been overwhelmed.

“The families have expressed their appreciation,” Carolin said. “The churches, the businesses, even one of the diners. We were there three different times to eat and they wouldn’t allow us to pay for our check. We finally told them we couldn’t come back unless they let us pay.

“They’ve been very, very appreciative.”


Tag Cloud