Sunday, December 23, 2012
Resident finds gift card on vehicle with a note instructing him t o ‘pay it forward’ in memory of the Sandy Hook School victims.
The reverberations from the violence at Sandy Hook School were felt far beyond Newtown, Conn., inspiring great sympathy but also fear among parents and educators in other communities across the nation. St. Charles was no different. Perhaps that is why, even as a nation reaches out in big and small ways to help a grieving Connecticut community, some have been inspired to do the same in their own communities. One might dismiss what a St. Charles man found on his vehicle last week as the result of Christmas spirit. Those who celebrate the season do, after all, take delight in secret gift-giving and spreading seasonal cheer. Except the note that accompanied the $10 gift card to Panera Bread made it clear this gift was not a typical season’s …
St. Charles Patch editor shares his own perspective on a deadly shooting 20 years ago and how its aftermath relates to what is unfolding at Sandy Hook School.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Half of the department underwent rapid deployment training in the old Kaneland Middle School on the day before the Sandy Hook School Rampage in Connecticut; the rest of the department undergoes training Thursday.
St. Charles and Community Unit School District 303 officials on Wednesday assured residents the two agencies have been and will continue to work together to ensure the safety of the students at local schools. The announcement came the same day the St. Charles Police Department met with members of the media to explain half the department’s officers would be undergoing a rapid deployment training exercise on Thursday at the old Kaneland Middle School in Maple Park. Police Chief Jim Lamkin said the training exercise had been planned long before a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday, murdering 20 children and six adults before taking his own life. In fact, Lamkin said, half the department had undergone …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
After the tragedy at Sandy Hook, a Naperville area teacher calls on teachers as well as public officials to demand gun control.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Safe schools lead to safer students who are more likely to be better learners. The Connecticut shooting last week shattered the families of 20 little first graders. Colorado’s theater shooting a few months ago claimed the lives of several college students. Chicago neighborhood teens routinely risk their lives en route to their middle and high schools. Gun violence accounts for a significant number of deaths of children under the age of 18- our students. Gun Control would facilitate students getting to and from school in one piece and focus their attention during the school day on learning instead of safety. New York’s Mayor Bloomberg recently challenged police officers to demand gun control. “Others run away when they hear gunfire, but …