Community Alert

Shooting at Connecticut school leaves 29 dead

Newton, CT- A horrendous act of violence took place today at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. According to reports a gunman appeared in the school building’s main office at around 9:30 am.

Latest reports pouring in indicate that 29 people are dead out of which 22 were children.

UNITED SIKHS condemns this senseless act of violence in the strongest possible terms. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. Even the thought of such a catastrophic incident could not be conceived with the holiday season underway - a time to spread love and do charity. With the nation still overcoming the grief of the Wisconsin shootings, this incident has added to the pain.

UNITED SIKHS requests the community members to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. We also request that children not be exposed to news images of the Newtown shooting. Disasters, whether human-made or natural, have a significant effect on the health and emotional well-being of children. Exposure to the traumatic event can result in fear, anxiety, or depression, and most of the time these reactions are within normal limits. The emotional responses of children can range from mild stress reactions that are resolved in a short period of time to more severe and long-term consequences of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The guide, "Helping Families Cope with Violence and Disaster" lists all the important aspects related to helping both individuals, as well as groups overcome trauma resulting from natural and manmade disasters. Children need to make sense of things that happen; their families can help them to understand, and to reestablish trust, hope, and a sense of security. In case of distress please call our UMEED helpline at 1-855-US-UMEED (1-855-878-6333) and one of our counsellors will be there to assist you. Please be extremely vigilant, don’t let your children out of your sight, and do not take any suspicious activity lightly.

Issued By-
Manmeet Singh
Staff Attorney, International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA)
Tel: (646) 315-3909

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