Thursday, March 6 2014 11:35 PM EST2014-03-07 04:35:19 GMT
The official start to Spring is only two weeks away and temperatures the next few days will reflect that. We'll see highs in the mid 50s Friday, low 50s Saturday and mid 50s Monday. Tuesday we will flirt with 60 degrees. Full Story >
Sunshine today will push the high temperature into the middle 50s. With cloud cover Saturday will make it to about 50 degrees. Chilly air and a few showers will make Sunday for many and indoor day. Full Story >
Thursday, March 6 2014 11:31 PM EST2014-03-07 04:31:03 GMT
The topic of arming school employees is back in the spotlight in Boone County. On Thursday, the school board met as part of a planned safety workshop to review their current safety and emergency plans.Full Story >
The topic of arming school employees is back in the spotlight in Boone County. For one local man, having an armed school employee has a different meaning.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, March 5 2014 9:44 PM EST2014-03-06 02:44:15 GMT
A growing trend in the United States that has reached parts of Kentucky. A version of the illegal slot machines is being operated under the guise of entertainment. Various types of illegal gambling machines,Full Story >
A growing trend in the United States that has reached parts of Kentucky. A version of the illegal slot machines is being operated under the guise of entertainment.Full Story >
Wednesday, March 5 2014 10:31 PM EST2014-03-06 03:31:12 GMT
Work on the multi-million dollar 4th and Race Street development is making progress, but one key hurdle is re-locating the Paragon Salon. On Wednesday, the salon filed a lawsuit against the city sayingFull Story >
Work on the multi-million dollar 4th and Race Street development is making progress, but one key hurdle is re-locating the Paragon Salon.Full Story >
Wednesday, March 5 2014 6:56 PM EST2014-03-05 23:56:41 GMT
A woman has been arrested after a gun was found inside of her purse as she entered the Job and Family Services building. Police say Shaequya Smith entered the building, located at 222 E. Central Parkway,Full Story >
A woman has been arrested after a gun was found inside of her purse as she entered the Job and Family Services building.Full Story >
Thursday, February 3 2011 5:19 PM EST2011-02-03 22:19:13 GMT
New details have been released on a large drug sweep in Pierce Township, Clermont County. On Wednesday, a total of 17 people were indicted by a grand jury on 46 charges related to trafficking in drugs.Full Story >
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.Full Story >