Monday, December 17, 2012
In wake of Newtown shooting, Gov. Bob McDonnell wants to look at all resources to keep campuses from kindergarten through college safe.
In the wake of Friday's school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced a state plan to review school safety in Virginia at all levels. McDonnell said Monday he plans to identify statewide and locality, school division, college and university resource needs to "ensure that we are doing everything humanly possible to keep our children, young people and educators safe while they are in the classroom." "Just as public safety is the bedrock responsibility of government, the safety of our young people must continue to be the top priority in our schools and our campuses," McDonnell said in a statement. In Fairfax County, there are regular safety and lockdown drills, and there was increased …
After shootings in Newtown, Conn., FCPS says move is for community reassurance, not a specific threat; Vienna schools focus on making resources available to students.
When children return to school on Monday, families should expect to see an increased police presence at all Fairfax County Public Schools. The move is a reaction to Friday's shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 schoolchildren and six teachers, according to police. The gunman also killed his mother at her nearby home. On Sunday, Superintendent Jack Dale wrote in a message posted to the schools' website that "this is not in response to any specific threat but rather a police initiative to enhance safety and security around the schools and to help alleviate the understandably high levels of anxiety. Police patrols will be increased throughout the school day from the opening of schools to dismissal. As …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Church of the Good Shepherd plans event for 7 p.m. Sunday for those lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Tragedy.
The Church of the Good Shepherd on Hunter Mill Road is opening its doors Sunday night so its community can pray and write messages for those impacted by the Friday shootings in Newtown, Conn. The community prayer will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary and prayer room. Messages and notes written Sunday night will be sent to the Newtown United Methodist Church, "which has been serving as a response center in Connecticut," the church wrote in a statement. "We invite anyone to please come join us in the face of this tragic loss,” Rev. Mark Burgess, the church's pastor, wrote in a statement. The church is located at 2351 Hunter Mill Road. For more information visit the church’s website at www.GoodShepherdVA.com