The Newtown Police officer who hasn't returned to work since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre because of post-traumatic stress disorder is asking lawmakers to expand Connecticut's worker's compensation law to cover the condition.
Thomas Bean said Tuesday he's experienced depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts since responding to the Dec. 14, 2012, mass shooting and cannot return to work in law enforcement.
Bean is currently receiving about half his pay through Newtown's long-term disability insurance plan. That policy is due to end in June 2015.
Letters From Sandy Hook-Newtown To The World is a deeply heartfelt collection of original letters written by members of the Sandy Hook-Newtown community, giving the world a simple and honest view into their lives.
Since the tragic events on December 14, 2012, the community has been shown a tremendous amount of love and compassion from all over the world in so many different forms. This book is a small offering from the people of Sandy Hook-Newtown, letting you know who they are and have always been.
On December 14, 2012, Scarlett Lewis experienced something that no parent should ever have to endure: she lost her son Jesse in an act of unimaginable violence. The day started just like any other, but when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Scarlett’s life changed forever.
Following Jesse’s death, Scarlett went on an unexpected journey, inspired by a simple three-word message he had scrawled on their kitchen chalkboard shortly before he died: Norurting Helin Love (Nurturing Healing Love). It was as if he knew just what his family would need in order to go on after this horrible tragedy.
An additional 435 schools across Connecticut are receiving state funding to improve school security in the wake of last year's deadly mass school shooting in Newtown.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday that $16 million will be spent to reimburse 75 local school districts for a portion of security improvements. Back in September, the state awarded $5 million to help pay for upgrades at 169 schools in 36 districts.
The Dakota Nation Unity Riders are carrying their message of healing to the Hudson Valley. After a mass execution of their ancestors in Minnesota around the time of the Civil War, the Dakotas intend to bring peace and reconciliation from their home base of Manitoba, Canada to the White House, and many stops in between.
Six months after the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, the tragedy will be marked with a moment of silence, the reading of thousands of names of gun violence victims and calls around the country to pass legislation expanding background checks for gun purchases.
Family members, elected officials and other leaders will gather in Newtown today for a day of remembrance and a call to action. Mayors Against Illegal Guns will launch a bus tour to 25 states to build support for background checks.