Family, friends and members of the Newtown community said goodbye to two victims of the school shooting Monday.
Family, friends and members of the Newtown community said goodbye Monday to two victims of the school shooting.
LANGHORNE, Pa. -
Not even a cold rainy night could keep people from a vigil mourning the loss of the young children and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
With the sound of a bell, they read the names of every victim.
The crowd gathered at Herbert Hoover Elementary School in Langhorne. Some were parents. Some were staff. Others were grieving community members.
"It just broke your heart. It could be your own children. It could be your students," said Renee Rumsey, a retired teacher.
They held candles and shed tears. Even retired educators have been hit with the harsh reality that what happened at Sandy Hook in Connecticut could've happened anytime and anywhere.
Rumsey said, "We've all been trained on how to handle these situations but we never expect it to ever happen."
Teachers who were in the classroom when they heard what happened said they have been deeply affected.
"I'm a kindergarten teacher. It's very close to home. I'm a parent and I love many children," said Judy Oswald. She teaches at Pearl Buck Elementary School in Neshaminy. She also mourns for the staff members who lost their lives giving their lives even, doing what Oswald said any educator would.
"You protect all the children that you're responsible for. It's a natural reaction."
Rabbi Jeff Schnitzer with the Neshaminy School District led the crowd in prayer hoping this is the start of healing for everyone.
"It was about connecting, in a real way and I believe spirituality connects people."
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