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A Sandy Hook Mom Remembers Her Daughter a Year Later

December 10th, 2013 - By Rich
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This time last year, Alissa Parker was preparing to celebrate Christmas with her husband and their three daughters. This year, she’s spending her second Christmas without her daughter Emilie, who was killed in the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. There will be vigils and news specials to remember the 26 people that died that day, but Parker is taking a different route.

In a Huffington Post article, she says she’s opting out of the inevitable reliving of the tragedy:

I choose to turn it all off.

I choose to reflect on what I have learned about myself and my journey through grief.

I choose to quietly remember the sweet loved ones that were lost that day.

I choose to spend this sacred time with my family.

And I choose to be at peace.

Still, she knows she’s learned a lot in her year of grieving–about herself and the power of God’s love. Parker worked with Shadow Mountain to create an incredibly touching story about the year following Emilie’s death and how she’s grown during it. It might make you cry, hearing this a mother talk about the daughter she lost, a happy little girl with interests and a big heart, but it’s inspiring to hear she knows “evil didn’t win that day”.

Do They Have A Point? The PTC Says ‘Scandal’ Torture Scenes Display Irresponsibility and Insensitivity To Newtown Victims

January 15th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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If you’ve had the privilege of tuning in for last week’s episode of Scandal, you probably witnessed the somewhat graphic scenes of character Huck being water tortured and brutally beaten by what appear to be members of the CIA in relation to his possible involvement in the attempted assassination of the President. Many found the scenes to be a tad gruesome, but bearable. However, according to, The Parents Television Council has come out saying these scenes were not only inappropriate, but insensitive to Sandy Hook victims and in violation of the content-rating system.

“For nearly three minutes, viewers were subjected to graphic and disturbing scenes of a man struggling to breathe while being waterboarded, his nose being broken and his face beaten into a bloody mess, blood spattering on the walls, and being kicked and beaten into submission.”

“The brutal nature of that scene, which was rated as appropriate for a 14-year-old child, refutes statements made by an industry claiming to be responsible and concerned about societal violence,” the organization released in a statement last Monday.

They went on to say that the scenes were insensitive to those who are still trying to cope with the Sandy Hook tragedy.

“It is sickening just how quickly the entertainment industry was able to move past the tragedy of Newtown and get back to business as usual,” expressed Tim Winter, PTC president.

Not only is the organization speaking out against the show, but they are calling on the Obama administration to get behind them in their efforts to provoke “real responsibility from those who produce and distribute violent media content as well as real reform of the failed TV ratings system.” ABC has declined to comment on the PTC’s statement.

While I agree that Scandal does not seem like a show that is appropriate for a 14-year-old, one would assume that a child that age would be in bed by the time the show comes on and possibly not even allowed by their parents to watch a show titled “Scandal”.

Do you agree with the Parents Television Council? Were the “Huck” scenes insensitive to Sandy Hook victims or are people simply protesting because they have an outlet to do so?

Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise 

Absolutely Terrible: Petiton Requests Punishment For Principal Who Faked School Shooting Four Days After Sandy Hook

January 4th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Less than a week after the Sandy Hook shootings, Greer Phillips, a principal in East Harlem’s P.S. 79, the Horan School, decided to conduct an unscheduled, unannounced drill.

At 10 am on December 18, the Tuesday after the shooting, a woman’s voice came over the loudspeaker and announced that there was a “shooter” or “intruder” in the building and instructed the teachers to “get out, get out, lockdown.”

The school serves 300 students with special needs like autism, severe emotional disabilities, cerebral palsy and other disorders.

One teacher told the New York Times, “We really thought we were not going home that night. It was probably the worst feeling I ever had in my life.”

Another teacher, Santos Sabio, explained that after five minutes, she realized it was a drill, saying “It was a surprise, but it shouldn’t be a surprise.”

When police officers arrived on the scene, school officials told them it was just a drill.

The day after the drill, Marge Feinberg, a spokeswoman for the New York City Education Department, explained that they were looking into how the drill was conducted and Phillips, the principal, refused to speak to the press.

Now, people who’ve identified themselves as “Friends of Horan,” are petitioning Mayor Bloomberg, requesting that the administrative staff who ordered and implemented this drill be punished.

Planned in secrecy, without any warning or notice to any of the victims, desperate students and staff were traumatized and struggle today with the aftermath. Hundreds of stories have emerged of teachers holding doors down to save their students while calling loved ones to say good bye. Staff falling to the floor in prayer. And brave acts of protection and heroism. 300 fragile students, starting at the age of 12, who have worked all their lives to be strong and overcome emotional hardships were terrorized by this action, and most do not have the voice to respond! Or even to tell their parents!

Please sign to help bring justice to this school, and to not allow an administration of bullies to use the tragic events of Sandy Hook Elementary as an excuse to terrorize those they are charged to serve.

That pretty much sums it up. This type of drill would have been terrible for any school; but the fact that this was conducted at a special needs school, where the students have suffered serious emotional challenges, makes it that much worse. Using a tragedy to further incite fear on students and staff is cruel and it certainly raises questions about the capability of the current principal and administration to serve this school.

R. Kelly Goes Back To Gospel Roots To Record Tribute Song, “I Know You’re Hurting,” For Sandy Hook Shooting Victims

January 4th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Aside from doing pretty risqué songs about bumping and grinding and the perks of engaging in sex in the kitchen, fans of R. Kelly’s music know that from time to time he likes to do gospel and get the choirs out on his tracks. Kelly started out in the church, so when he’s feeling like doing a song about redemption, God moving mountains in his life, and to just be inspirational in general, he digs a bit deeper in the hopes of moving people and making them think.

Obviously just as shaken by the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14 as the rest of the country, Kelly decided to pen and record a song to pay tribute to the students, with ALL proceeds allegedly going to the families of the victims of such a senseless tragedy. The track, however, does not have Kelly on it singing, but rather a children’s choir and an adult choir taking over vocals. He does talk over the track, getting his Kirk Franklin on as the choir croons. Less than three minutes long, the song is touching both in its arrangement of instruments, as well as in the lyrics. The song’s chorus, for example, goes “I know you’re hurting, I hear you crying, but come tomorrow, there’s a place you can go. Find the blue skies, hear the choir sing, feel the power, of a miracle, miracle…”

Definitely an emotional song, it can tug at your heartstrings once the track reaches the climax. After listening to it, R. Kelly is still a hitmaker in every sense of the word, and you’ve got to give the man credit for being able to get people to dance and still be able to go gospel on ’em. It’s a great song for a good cause, and you can actually buy the song on iTunes if you want to help out. Listen to the track below and let us know what you think!

Watch: Beyonce, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, And Other Celebs Demand An End To Gun Violence In New PSA

December 21st, 2012 - By Brande Victorian
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The shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, last Friday has placed gun control back on the national radar and celebrities are attempting to bring more awareness to this issue by banning together for a new PSA to end gun violence.

Beyonce, Chris Rock, and Jamie Foxx are just a handful of the celebrities who have lent their voice to the issue in this public service announcement released online by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Other famous faces in the video are Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson,Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Michelle Williams, Courteney Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Julianne Moore, Selena Gomez, Jon Hamm, Will Ferrell, Aziz Ansari, Christina Applegate, Debra Messing, Elizabeth Banks, Brooke Shields, Kristen Bell, , Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, and Jason Bateman.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is an organization made up of 750 mayors and 750,000 grassroots supporters across the country who are joining together to demand that President Obama and Congress develop a comprehensive plan to end gun violence, according to their website, There, this PSA will be housed along with a three-point wish list of what the organization envisions in the legislation they’re pushing for:
  1. Require a criminal background check for every gun sold in America
  2. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
  3. Make gun trafficking a federal crime, including real penalties for “straw purchasers”

On the site, you can also find other news on this topic, volunteer, or make a donation to the cause. Check out the video below. Do you agree with their gun control plan?

UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS: 20 Children Killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT

December 14th, 2012 - By Kay Hudson
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UPDATE: Saturday December 15, 2012 11:35 AM

The Connecticut chief medical examiner has identified the victims and is preparing to release their names, reports CNN. Police have confirmed that the shooter forced his way into the school and was “armed for mass murder”, wearing black fatigues and carrying two pistols and a military-style rifle. He left only one wounded victim and killed 20 children and six adults. One kindergarten teacher read to her children during the shooting so her voice would be the last thing they heard, while a first-grade teacher locked her students in the bathroom for safety. Sandy Hook principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung was mother to two daughters and three stepdaughters.

The gunman’s name is Ryan Lanza, originally from Hoboken, NJ. Around 9:30 a.m, Lanza arrived at Sandy Hook Elementary School and made his way to the principal’s office (where the shooting began). Lanza, then made his way to his mom’s kindergarten classroom and started shooting non-stop – killing his mother and 18 elementary children. Please note, another family member of Ryan Lanza was also found dead. Police believe it was his father who resided in Newton, CT.

Tragedy has struck again. This time – elementary school children. According to various sources, two gunmen let fire on children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut. The motive is unclear. This rampage exceeds the 1999 Columbine Massacre where 13 died and 24 were injured.

Via ABC News:

More than two dozen people, mostly elementary school children, were shot and killed at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school this morning, federal and state sources tell ABC News.

The massacre involved two gunmen and prompted the town of Newtown to lock down all of its schools and draw SWAT teams to the school, authorities said today.

One shooter is dead and a manhunt is on for a second gunman. Police are searching cars. One shooter was described as a 24-year-old armed with four weapons and wearing a bullet vest, sources told ABC News.

It’s unclear how many people have been shot, but 25 people, mostly children are dead, multiple federal and state sources tell ABC News. That number could rise, officials said.

Words: Kay Konnect