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.