Wednesday, June 19 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-06-19 21:38:10 GMT
Single-game tickets for Bengals 2013 home games will be available to purchase beginning next Saturday, June 29. Sales will begin at 10 a.m. and initially will be handled exclusively through TicketmasterFull Story >
Single-game tickets for Bengals 2013 home games will be available to purchase beginning next Saturday, June 29.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 5:33 PM EDT2013-06-19 21:33:30 GMT
Witnesses at Kekahakai State Park's Mahaiula Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii say someone was bitten by a shark Tuesday afternoon. A spokesperson for the Department of Land and Natural Resources confirmsFull Story >
Officials say a Kona beach remains closed Wednesday after a shark bit a swimmer Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 5:08 PM EDT2013-06-19 21:08:18 GMT
The family of a North College Hill man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit and wrongful death suit against the City of North College Hill and one of its police officers. The suit alleges that CoreyFull Story >
The family of a North College Hill man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit and wrongful death suit against the City of North College Hill and one of its police officers.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 5:04 PM EDT2013-06-19 21:04:59 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Four people have been shot in an condominium complex, according to MetroSafe. MetroSafe confirmed the shooting was reported at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday in the Lakeview condominium complex,Full Story >
MetroSafe confirmed the shooting was reported at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday in the 1900 block of Gardiner Lane.Full Story >
A gunman opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, killing 27 – 18 of which are children – before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Full Story >
Residents of Newtown, CT, are memorializing the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. A gunman opened fire at the school, killing 26 – including 20 children – before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Full Story >
LITTLETON, CO (WFSB) -
The principals at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Columbine High School both did everything in their power to protect their students, but their fates were drastically different.
The principal at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO, sat down with New Haven Bureau Chief Robert Goulston in our search for answers, and shared his experiences of how he helped his community move on over the past 14 years.
When that tragedy unfolded inside Columbine High School, the principal was one of the people who ran towards the gunfire.
He still runs the school all these years later, and he has had to make so many difficult decisions.
Decisions like the ones Newtown will undoubtedly have to make.
"It immediately took me back to where we were with Columbine," principal Frank DeAngelis said. "Just some of the emotions, and I literally got sick to my stomach. I can not believe this is happening."
DeAngelis is reflecting on his first feelings after learning of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
He was inside Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.
He said he made a promise that he would stay at the school until every student in school during the shootings, from kindergarten to 12th grade, graduated. But after what he, his students and teachers saw, it has not been easy. It took him years to be able to walk down those hallways without remembering the shooting and screaming.
"As time went on," DeAngelis said. "I trained myself not to associate the bad things in the hallway, but the good things. Seeing kids."
One of the most difficult decisions was should the school even stay open?
"Do we come back to Columbine High School? I'm sure that's a big point of discussion for Sandy Hook. It's a tough decision, but the community knows. The Newtown community is different than Columbine. You have to get input from the people," he said.
Columbine formed a group made up of families of the murdered students, parents of the injured, students and community members. Their meetings helped generate feedback from everyone, and the decision was made to keep the building, but make specific changes.
"Anyone who decided to come to school had to walk into a building where they witnessed death and they witnessed evil," DeAngelis said. "It was tough, and constant a reminder."
The school shut down for the remainder of the school year, but over the course of the summer, crews worked frantically to alter the areas where most of the violence happened.
The library, where the most people were killed, is now gone.
"We cut out the floor," DeAngelis said. "A company came in and cut out the floor and what we have is this atrium."
There are 13 pieces of art hanging in that atrium - one in memory of each person killed.
The colors in the school were changed, and tiles painted by the community were added. Even a fish tank was brought in. Anything to change what the school looked like on the day of the shooting.
"It's just part of the healing process," DeAngelis said. "It really helped, because the first year back it reminded them so much of what had happened the year before."
The new library moved to another part of Columbine.
The bookshelves were lowered because in the old library the gunmen were hiding behind the taller shelves.
DeAngelis said so many other changes were made, too.
Things most people would never even think about.
"We could not serve Chinese food here for a year because that's the food that was being served the day of the shooting," DeAngelis said. "It would just set off emotions. Catsup, we had to make sure we had to be very careful with catsup because if there was catsup on the table it would remind kids of blood."
Students and staff had to deal with so many emotions when everyone returned just a few months later.
"We had teachers that were grieving - that couldn't walk into a classroom without crying or their blood pressure going up," DeAngelis said. "We had other teachers who went up their first day back saying 'where is your Algebra homework?' What I learned is people are at different places."
Counseling was available to everyone - students, teachers and even their families. DeAngelis even soon realized he needed help, too.
"I would walk out into the hallway, and all of a sudden I'd have a flashback. I would hear gunshots or I would see flashing lights, and I'd start to get chills and break out into a cold sweat. I didn't know about post-traumatic stress disorder," he said.
DeAngelis said he's been in counseling for years - something he recommends to anyone touched by what happened in Newtown. He said he was told early on by a Vietnam War veteran that if he didn't help himself, he would not be able to help anyone else.
"The piece of advice I would give the people of the Sandy Hook community is you're not going to wake up some morning and say it's one year and people are going to say 'get over it, it's been one year,'" he said. "That's not going to happen. What I tell people is you've got to respect where people are in that particular time in life."
While Columbine High School is 14 years into its recovery, the people there are hoping their experience will help give Newtown some direction.
"I think you try to get as much input as possible, and sometimes you have to make some really tough decisions," DeAngelis said. "You have to provide some answers about why you made these decisions, but you're never going to make everyone happy."
His school made a banner for Sandy Hook and had everyone sign it.
Channel 3 Eyewitness News delivered it last week, and DeAngelis said it carries an important message.
"I'm fighting each and every day, and the one word I used constantly and I put on the banner we sent to Sandy Hook - You're not in this alone," he said.
DeAngelis said the one main point he tries to get across is the healing has no schedule.
Everyone does it differently.
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Monday, January 21 2013 6:43 PM EST2013-01-21 23:43:23 GMT
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says President Barack Obama's reference in his inauguration speech to the murders of 20 children and six educators in Newtown could spur changes in federal gun law. BlumenthalFull Story >
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says President Barack Obama's reference in his inauguration speech to the murders of 20 children and six educators in Newtown could spur changes in federal gun law.Full Story >
Wednesday, January 9 2013 3:22 AM EST2013-01-09 08:22:28 GMT
Newtown's police commissioners want Connecticut law changed so officers and others who responded to last month's deadly school shooting are covered by workers' compensation. A resolution passed TuesdayFull Story >
Newtown's police commissioners want Connecticut law changed so officers and others who responded to last month's deadly school shooting are covered by workers' compensation.Full Story >
Tuesday, January 1 2013 4:59 PM EST2013-01-01 21:59:22 GMT
Classes are starting Thursday at a repurposed school for students who survived a shooting rampage three weeks ago in Newtown. Desks have been taken to the new building in nearby Monroe along with backpacksFull Story >
Classes are starting Thursday at a repurposed school for students who survived a shooting rampage three weeks ago in Newtown.Full Story >
Wednesday, December 19 2012 8:29 PM EST2012-12-20 01:29:01 GMT
Victor Cruz hopes meeting with the family of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shootings has helped them cope with the tragedy. The New York Giants receiver on Wednesday somberly recountedFull Story >
Victor Cruz hopes meeting with the family of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shootings has helped them cope with the tragedy.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:29 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:29:19 GMT
NEW WEST MINISTER, CANADA (WAVE) - A second grader with a disability was seemingly shunned during a class picture. For Anne Belanger, the photo was completely unacceptable. Her son, Miles, was pushedFull Story >
A second grader with a disability was seemingly shunned during a photo shoot at his elementary school.Full Story >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:44:03 GMT
The "Prescription Product" line will be discontinued from national retail company, Urban Outfitters, following a plea from 24 Attorney Generals last month, including Ohio's Attorney General, Mike DeWineFull Story >
The "Prescription Product" line will be discontinued from national retail company, Urban Outfitters, following a plea from 24 Attorney Generals last month, including Ohio's Attorney General, Mike DeWine and Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-06-19 17:47:57 GMT
DENVER (KUSA/CNN) - A military widow wants to know why another woman's name is engraved on her husband's headstone. She discovered the mistake while visiting his grave at Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver. "IFull Story >
A military widow wants to know why another woman's name is engraved on her husband's headstone.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:23 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:23:12 GMT
(CNN) – More than 23,000 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled on fears they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The recalled cases come from the National Beef Packing Company, basedFull Story >
More than 23,000 pounds of ground beef products are being recalled on fears they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria.Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:15 PM EDT2013-06-19 16:15:45 GMT
Police are trying to identify two victims following an assault in Clifton. Authorities say that two men assaulted a victim, took the victim's wallet and used the victim's bank card. The assault occurredFull Story >
Police have arrested two teenagers following an assault in Clifton. Full Story >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:39 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:39:28 GMT
Police are in the 2400 block of Canterbury Avenue in Golf Manor investigating the report of two people shot. Few details are available at this time but canine units and an ambulance are on the scene. FOX19Full Story >
Golf Manor police officer Michael Forrest says an unknown individual went to the rear of the home and from the back patio shot several rounds into the bedroom. Full Story >
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