Connecticut residents are reacting to Friday's shooting in Newtown. Here's one perspective.
COMMENTARY | The shootings in Newtown Friday morning were a shock to us all. For me, it hit home more than I thought it would. I live in Middlebury, a town just 14 miles east of Newtown; I have driven through Newtown many times.
In the past, these tragedies occurred in places hours away, instead of mere minutes.
When I first heard what had happened I was in complete shock. I couldn't believe that something like this would happen and be so close to me. But my shock only increased when it was later released, incorrectly, that Ryan Lanza was the shooting suspect who laid dead in the school. As a Quinnipiac University alum, it hurts when a fellow alum like Ryan would be involved in something like this. You never like to see your alma mater's name get mixed up in tragedies.
While I am not a parent, I still feel the pain that these parents must be going. For the last four summers, I have worked with children this age at summer camp. My first thought was to all the kids who I had worked with and what it would have been like if it was their school. The times I spent with the campers were some of the best times.
There are no words to describe today's tragedy. We can only hope that some things change to prevent it from happening again.