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Fresh Start: Sandy Hook Students Begin New School Year

August 27th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Today as students from Sandy Hook Elementary start a new school year they’ll notice that armed guards are stationed in the hallways and throughout the building.

Sandy Hook Elementary, the school that fell victim to tragedy when a gunman opened fire killing six educators and 20 first graders in December 2012, has been relocated to the former Chalk Hill Middle School.

School officials say that their priority today is making the students feel comfortable and safe. The new building, which is located in Monroe, Connecticut is also decorated to look like the former Sandy Hook that has been closed since last December.

This past May, a Newtown task force approved a proposal to tear down the old Sandy Hook school and replace it with a new building on the same property.

We’re hoping and praying these students won’t be afraid to come to school anymore and that they’re able to focus on learning and just being kids this school year.

Beyonce Bowl, Illiterate Hood Possum, & Other Memorable Super Bowl Moments

February 4th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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You watched the game, the half time show and you already know Madame Noire was on Twitter and Instagram the whole time watching for shade and documenting the whole thing. Check out some of our best moments.

Jennifer Hudson sings “America The Beautiful” with the children of Sandy Hook Elementary

Starting off the night on a great note, Jennifer Hudson sang “America The Beautiful” with the children of Sandy Hook Elementary. Personally, America The Beautiful has always meant more to me than the National Anthem because there’s more room to play around and the lyrics are much more beautiful. Jennifer hit all the right notes and looked incredible doing it, in her black leather top and white pencil skirt, complete with black buttons. It was also nice to see the children of Sandy Hook singing behind her, swaying in time. Great performance.

Parents Of A Child Who Survived Newtown Shooting Attempt To Sue State For $100 Million–And Receive Public Backlash

January 2nd, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Children being led from Sandy Hook Elementary School. AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

Children being led from Sandy Hook Elementary School. AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

A 6-year-old girl who was at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, the day of the fatal shooting that killed 20 children, says she heard the gunshots over the intercom at the school, as well as the screams that day, and feared for her life. And while she was able to escape the shooting unharmed, her family was upset with not only the school, but the Connecticut Department of Education and more. They were hoping to sue everyone from the State Board of Education to the Connecticut Department of Education, and the State Commissioner of Education for not providing their daughter with a safe place to learn, failing to determine whether the local Newtown Board of Education provided a safe setting, and allegedly not pushing the school to create an emergency response plan. As the claim says, the young girl “has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined.” According to CNN, the family, with their attorney, Irving Pinsky, was hoping to receive permission from the state claims commissioner to proceed with their lawsuit, but decided to withdraw their request for the moment after a flood of criticism was placed upon Pinsky and the family through his social media page.

And when I say criticism, I’m talking biting criticism of the highest form. From people calling him a scum bag that should go to hell and die, to giving out Pinsky’s personal information, and saying that he represents money w***es, it was enough to make anyone uncomfortable. Feeling the heat from the public, and after checking out new evidence and also claiming that “nervousness” among Newton residents also played a factor (He could be talking about the alleged nervousness of the people he’s representing, but according to CNN, he didn’t elaborate.), Pinsky and the family decided to withdraw their hopes for a lawsuit for now.

According to NBC News, State Attorney General George Jepsen caught wind of the claim and was appalled by it. And while he wants to have a conversation about what can be done to prevent future shootings like this and why this particular one happened, Jepsen doesn’t see the lawsuit as necessary, seeing as how he doesn’t think the state should receive blame for it. “Although the investigation is still under way, we are aware of no facts or legal theory under which the state of Connecticut should be liable for causing the harms inflicted at Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

So as for right now, the lawsuit has been withdrawn, but Pinksy says that he and the family he represents have every right after what this child has been through to submit the claim to file suit again in the future.

I think that you can’t really be surprised at attorneys like Irving Pinsky, because this is what they do. They keep an ear out and arms open to take in any person who thinks they have a case or reason to sue someone for something. And I think we all know that nowadays, lawsuits are becoming the norm for everyone to file. But I think it’s kind of sad that while the child was blessed to have survived such a horror, so soon after, her parents are already looking for someone to sue. Since they still have their daughter with them and she was able to escape the attacks unharmed physically, you would think they would be grateful for that and just try their best to move forward. Guess not. But do you think the family was wrong for suing?




“It’s A Western, Give Me A Break:” Quentin Tarantino Isn’t Appreciating The Post-Sandy Hook Criticism

December 18th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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From The Grio

Since the December 14th Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting political figures and activists have called for immediate action on gun control. They believe that stricter laws on gun control could have stopped this tragedy and can prevent others in the future.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson does not agree.

“I don’t think it’s about more gun control,” Jackson said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren’t taught the value of life.”

He feels that parents and role models who instill a positive foundation in children can have more of an effect than legislation.

Jackson co-stars in the upcoming film Django Unchained alongside Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as a slave-turned-bounty hunter and Kerry Washington who plays Foxx’s wife in the film.

Django Unchained has received strong praise from film critics. And the film has already received five Golden Globe nominations, but the violence in the film has stirred up considerable controversy.

In the wake of the tragic shooting deaths of 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut, the timing for such a brutal film makes many uneasy.

Read more at The Grio