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Maryland Reacts to Sandy Hook School Shooting

Counties across the state took measures to deal with the Newtown, CT school shooting.

Communities across Maryland have been reeling in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Some residents said they feared dropping their children off at school while others demanded action from legislators.

addressed her students Monday before Prince George's County schools observed a minute of silence to honor the victims of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, CT.

"Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. And take care of the place," she told students.

In Wheaton, parents reacted to the tragic news and talked about school safety in Montgomery County.

Frances Frost, a contributor to the Local Voices section on Wheaton Patch, wrote in an email: "As a mom of 4, I can't imagine a greater loss for a parent such as a senseless act like this that snatches away innocent lives."

"As for our elementary schools, I feel like my children are relatively safe, although the portables do make me a little nervous," Frost continued. "But I realize that no one can be 100% safe all the time and I pray that every day my children come home safely."

In Anne Arundel County, parents throughout the county dreaded Monday morning.

“I started to tear up and was wailing by the time I got home,” posted reader Wendy Worth Cronin.

Another local reader, Kelly Proctor, wrote, “I drove by the school later and got a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes at the sight of the police car at the elementary school.”

Police and schools around the state have also be re-evaluating the safety of students.

On Monday, Howard County school officials reported they would hold staff meetings to review emergency plans at each school, discuss visitor policies and guidelines for reporting suspicious activity, according to a statement from the county. 

Prince George's County police and the Montgomery County Police Department increased police presence in schools, though police have no indication of a threat to any schools. In Montgomery County, police may remain at schools all week.

Prince George's officials also sent school safety reminders to teachers Monday in light of the heroic efforts of Sandy Hook teachers.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Police Chief Jim Johnson Monday called for tougher gun laws, but a representative of the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore said it is too early to discuss stricter gun laws.

TELL US: Maryland already had one school shooting incident earlier this year in Perry Hall. What should legislators and school officials do to prevent another shooting from occurring in the state?

dexter December 21, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Yeah Steve - It is absolutely better to let the killer go about his business and kill people unopposed. Gosh, if someone had been carrying a gun imagine the horrific scene... oh wait... oh oh, I just thought of another possibility - what if the do-gooder ccw holder gets confused and starts shooting wildly and thinks the kids are the shooters, the whole thing could go totally wrong and turn out to be a tragedy.
proveit December 21, 2012 at 09:45 PM
produce one living breathing witness to the events, then tell me Lanza acted alone. No wounded?, Professional job. Who wittnessed Lanza killing his mother? You all accept the gov. MSM story for everything. Try some critical thinking.
dexter December 21, 2012 at 10:09 PM
The Homicide rate is the lowest in over 20 years and long term has been in decline since the 1800's. This at a time when gun purchases and ownership is higher than ever. If guns are the problem, why isn't the problem getting worse?
Chris W December 21, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Oh good. The tin foil hat crowd has arrived.
Chris W December 21, 2012 at 11:20 PM
FIFA, from our friends a Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_weapon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_rifle So the term assault weapon really means nothing.

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