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Public Officials, Businesses Turn to Twitter to Discuss Newtown Elementary School Shooting

Golden Valley resident and District 44B Rep. Ryan Winkler took to Twitter, along with other locals, to offer thoughts on Friday's tragic shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

In the wake of a shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Golden Valley resident and 44B Rep. Ryan Winkler and other local businesses and officials are turning to Twitter to offer condolences and bits of advice to those parents who are trying to talk to their children about the horrific event.

According to the Associated Press, 27 people are dead, including 18 children, as a result of a shooting at the school.

For up to date information on the shooting, visit Newtown Patch.

At noon, Winkler tweeted:

I have no greater fear than an elementary school shooting. Our gun debates are dumb--question is why do we have so much senseless violence?

At about 12:45 p.m., Winkler offered some resources for those parents who are looking for ways to communicate with their own children. Winkler linked to an American Physcological Assoication web page with strategies for discussion after school shootings:

It isn't much, but here are some recommendations about how to talk to kids about today's horror: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/aftermath.aspx …

Plymouth native Amy Klobuchar tweeted:

My thoughts & prayers are with all the children, teachers & their families at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT on this tragic day.

Local business Lunds and Byerly's tweeted:

Hug your little ones a bit tighter tonight. Hoping everyone stays safe. #Newton

Gov. Mark Dayton added:

This dastardly, cold-blooded murder of innocent children & their educators by a deranged individual shocks Minnesotans

Congressman Erik Paulsen tweeted:

My thoughts & prayers are with everyone involved in the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Do you have thoughts about today's school shooting? How are you communicating the news to your family and children? Tell us in the comments.

Linda Trummer December 14, 2012 at 08:45 PM
“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity.” ― John F. Kennedy

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