Thursday, December 20, 2012
The national group of mayors, including a dozen from Georgia, sent a letter to President Obama Wednesday outlining the need to change gun legislation in the United States.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined more than 750 mayors across the country Wednesday in sending a letter to President Barack Obama in response to the shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the need to change gun legislation in the United States. Reed was among a dozen state mayors to join the coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The group is led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The letter read, in part, "As mayors, we are charged with keeping our communities safe. But too many of us have sat with mothers and fathers of children killed with guns. Twenty-four children enrolled in public schools in your hometown of Chicago were shot to death just last year. At the moving memorial service on Sunday evening, …
Patch Question of the Week: After Newtown, do you feel safe sending your kids to school?
It's the issue that's on many people's minds: could the horror that visited Newtown last week happen here? Are our schools safe from such violence? And what can we do - if anything at all - to make them safer? Metro Atlanta schools rushed to reassure parents that their systems are prepared in the event of an emergency. APS Superintendent Dr. Erroll Davis said city of Atlanta schools have implemented safety drills and other procedures that are designed to protect their students. Nonetheless, he asked parents to always remain vigilant and alert school officials if they see something suspicious. DeKalb County schools also have a system in place for notifying parents, locking down schools and having law enforcement and school officials on …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
What, if anything, will you say to your children about Friday's mass killings at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school?
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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Parents' hearts were in their throats in Midtown and across the country as news spread Friday of an elementary school shooting in Connecticut that reportedly took the lives of 20 children and 8 adults. Newtown Patch in Connecticut has been providing continuing coverage of Friday's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School that was carried out by a single adult who is now dead. Connecticut state police say an investigation is underway to piece together what motivated the gunman. On Friday in response to the shooting, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed ordered flags to be flown at half-staff. In a statement, Reed said: “On behalf of the City of Atlanta, I want to express my deepest sympathy for the children, families, teachers and first responders …