North Shore Reacts To Shocking Capitol Chaos: Patch Weekender

Scott Souza

SALEM, MA — A week like no other in history brought anger, pain and sadness as scenes of the attack on the U.S. Capitol dominated television sets, computer screens and virtual classrooms.

As we look toward the hope of a brighter week ahead, here are some of the Patch stories you may have missed from across the North Shore.

North Shore Schools Work Remote Through Trauma Of Capitol Attack

The day after a traumatic national event is generally a time when students come together and perhaps draw some comfort and understanding through sharing their thoughts and feelings in a room full of classmates and their teacher.

The day after one where hours of television were filled with images of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, however, was spent with most students and teachers across the North Shore apart and able to share only through a computer screen.

Rep. Seth Moulton: Capitol Attack Was A Trump-Inspired Coup

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) called for President Donald Trump's removal from office Wednesday night in declaring the breach of the U.S. Capitol a "brazen assault on our democracy" and "literally an attempted coup inspired by the President of the United States."

Moulton, who earlier in the day called for Vice President Mike Pence to work with President Trump's Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from the presidency, told Patch in a phone interview Wednesday night that he "100 percent" blames Trump for the day of destruction and violence.

"He's the one who called for this," Moulton told Patch.

MA Gov. Baker Calls For Vice President Pence To Assume Presidency

Gov. Charlie Baker called on Vice President Mike Pence to lead the transition to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration in a scathing rebuke of President Donald Trump's actions and rhetoric surrounding Wednesday's attack on the U.S. Capitol.

"I think that the most important thing we need to do at this point in time is to recognize that there is a transition to a new administration that's going to take place 14 days from now and that Vice President Pence should be empowered to be able to do that," Baker said during his Thursday news conference. "Whatever the mechanism there is to do that I leave up to the people in Washington. But I think it's important at this point that there be an orderly transition — and that transition be led by the vice president."

Salem Officials Condemn 'Attack' On U.S. Capitol

Salem political and educational leaders joined together in condemning the breach of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday that forced Vice President Mike Pence to evacuate the building, members of Congress to shelter in place for their safety and left one woman dead from a gunshot wound.

"We've weathered foreign attacks, natural disasters and pandemics," Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll posted on her Twitter account. "Never has the peaceful transfer of power been marred by violence. I'm proud of the integrity of this election. We showed what kind of Americans we are.

"The U.S. Capitol is the people's house and this attack must end."

North Shore Leaders May 'Restrict Unnecessary Indoor Activities'

Municipal and health officials from nine North Shore communities issued a joint statement on Wednesday saying that while they are deferring additional regional coronavirus restrictions at this time, they may "restrict unnecessary indoor activities" if virus cases in Essex County continue to rise.

Officials from Beverly, Danvers, Gloucester, Lynn, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott issued the statement in which they said they "strongly encourage" residents to avoid any non-essential, in-person activities for the "next several weeks."

Beverly Police Chief Talks Revised Use-Of-Force Guidelines

When Beverly Police Chief John LeLacheur hears so many opinions around "police reform" he looks at his own department and says he sees many of the suggestions are things that he feels are already policy within the city.

The hope is that communicating those policies will help local residents understand that their priorities are the same priorities for those sworn to protect and serve them.

Northeast Animal Shelter Joins Forces With MSPCA-Angell

The Northeast Animal Shelter will maintain its name and Salem headquarters as part of a new affiliation with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Memorial announced on Wednesday.

Under the affiliation, MSPCA-Angell will take on oversight and management of the Northeast Animal Shelter's operations, while combining Northeast's "robust animal transport network" with MSCPA-Angell's veterinary and adoption resources.

Cindi Shapiro, who in 1976 founded the Salem shelter that has placed 145,000 animals in adoptive homes over the past 45 years, said Northeast leadership initiated the affiliation discussions.

North Shore Medical Center Chief: 'This Vaccine Is Very Safe'

North Shore Medical Center President David Roberts advocated for the safety of coronavirus vaccine after taking the shot himself this week.

The NSMC released the photo along with a statement from Roberts in which touted the effectiveness and limited chance of adverse side effects of the vaccines.

"There is no question in my mind that the risk of the disease is much higher than the risk of the vaccine," he said.

This article originally appeared on the Salem Patch