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27 killed in US school shooting - report

2012-12-14 19:55

Connecticut - At least 27 people, including children, were killed on Friday when at least one shooter opened fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, CBS News reported, citing unnamed officials.

The shooter, the father of a student there, was also killed, CBS News reported. The principal and school psychologist were among the dead, CNN said.

There were unconfirmed reports of a second shooter after witnesses reported hearing dozens of shots fired.

Sandy Hook Elementary School teaches children from kindergarten through grade 4 - roughly ages 5 to 10.

"It was horrendous," said parent Brenda Lebinski, who rushed to the school where her daughter is in the third grade.

"Everyone was in hysterics - parents, students. There were kids coming out of the school bloodied. I don't know if they were shot, but they were bloodied."

Television images showed police and ambulances at the scene, and parents rushing toward the school.

Parents were seen reuniting with their children and taking them home.


Comments
  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-12-14 19:59

    wow. Americans are just as psychotic as south africans.

      prot.kpax.33 - 2012-12-14 20:09

      Nope its not american or south african but mankind, there is some pathetic people out there.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-14 20:14

      Incredibly selfish person - "I'm unhappy, so I'll make all of you unhappy too..."

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-14 20:51

      Rules of a Fedocracy, Unfortunately the masses are to blame. This Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid environment must change for the better.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-14 21:03

      zapa, smoke less weed = make more sense!

      bokbal.bliksem - 2012-12-15 00:21

      @zapadela, are you insane??? How the hell are masses to blame this is one insane human causing massive destruction and grief to many. people need to stop trying to pass the blame and take responsibility! stop looking for an excuse! this guy was nuts, bottom line, and now a ton of families are suffering as a result. nothing to do with the masses you idiot!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-15 08:12

      @ Bokbal, I will keep it simple, Even in a Fedocracy it it the masses that chooses their environment/laws/life-style via self determination/vote for Leaders with the correct priorities.

  • brett.step - 2012-12-14 20:01

    WTF?

  • christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-14 20:02

    This is just terrible - what is this world coming to?

  • Carlton - 2012-12-14 20:03

    Welcome to America

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-14 20:24

      . Welcome to China """"Beijing - A man stabbed 22 primary school students in a knife attack in China on Friday, officials said, the latest in a series of assaults"""

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-14 20:36

      @AnthonyfromAfrica - good that you raise the issue that insanity knows no borders. We are so brain-washed about the land of the free etc that madness in the USA is outrageous, whilst in emerging markets, it is simply the norm and nothing to be surprised about.

  • francois.kloppers - 2012-12-14 20:10

    The right to bear arms, right?

      goldd.goldfinger - 2012-12-14 20:41

      I agree access to Guns to all in society including the psychopathic amongst us results in these tragedies..

      seanrossouwslr - 2012-12-14 20:44

      "Beijing - A man stabbed 22 primary school students in a knife attack in China on Friday, officials said, the latest in a series of assaults" Seems to be the human that's the problem, not the tools

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-14 20:49

      Francois we must immediately ban knives and tyres...

      mathilda.williams.1 - 2012-12-14 20:56

      Francois, you surely must know that no logical, rational, sane person can do anything like this. The right to bear arms does not intend for insane gunmen to open fire on defenseless school children. Yes, they were shot and killed with a gun, as are most victims of violence all around the world. But it was still the gunMAN who made the decision to kill. That gun didn't just up and left it's home and decided to shoot. It was a crazy person who decided to do that. Today, Friday, a man attacked and stabbed 22 children and one adult at a school in China. Clearly senseless violence as well. Once again, the knife is not to blame, the perpetrator is to blame.

      mathilda.williams.1 - 2012-12-14 21:34

      Yes andrew.r.slaughter, guns DO make it easier. So do knives, broken beer bottles, pitch forks, shovels, rocks, bricks...... all of these make it easier to kill once a person has decided to throw all human decency overboard, or once insanity reigns supreme.

      seanrossouwslr - 2012-12-14 23:23

      A school shooting was stopped a few years ago when the principle or vice principle went to his car, got his revolver and shot the gunman dead. Consider a situation where a normal person cannot protect themselves from a psychopath like this because they cannot legally own a firearm, wile the psychopath can easily buy one off the black market, make one in his toolshed or simply use a knife found in any kitchen.

  • siyabonga.phungula1 - 2012-12-14 20:13

    what a tragedy, a pschotic man killing innocent children and teachers. people like this are failures in society who take out frustrations on other people in this terrible manner.

      stem.anc.1 - 2012-12-14 20:34

      Don't forget about the 52 people killed in SA everyday - and here we call it democracy.

  • FinalJustice - 2012-12-14 20:15

    Can't understand this: CNN says '20 killed in US school'... Why does N24 always have to inflate these figures, are they compensating for inflation rates in SA?

      francois.kloppers - 2012-12-14 20:18

      And your point is? Even if it was only one, it is still one too many!

      fiona.warren.733 - 2012-12-14 20:35

      Can you not read??? This exerpt taken from AP not made up by n24! WOW!

      sudika.harkhu - 2012-12-14 20:40

      abc news reported it as 27.............from the horses mouth as it were

      izak.burger.3 - 2012-12-14 21:00

      The article I read 20 minutea ago said 26. They might not have found all the bodies yet, or some who were hospitalised might not make it.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-14 21:05

      Watch Fox news live: http://www.newsandjava.com/WatchTv.nj?page=FOX2

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-14 21:16

      Newsfeed delay. This report is posted by Associated Press, IOL is reporting similar numbers. Try not to get hung-up on the numbers. People are dead, yet again, because someone woke up today with a God-complex.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-12-14 20:16

    Some people confuse the word freedom and they think they can do what they want.

  • Gcodi Matshona - 2012-12-14 20:16

    American culture!!!!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-14 21:07

      Jihadist?

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-14 21:16

      More like human being with no culture

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-12-15 04:33

      So that is the SA disease? Wake up, Gcodi. Watch a Rwanda genocide video. The Western World invented cruelty. Africa perfected it.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-12-14 20:17

    Oh no not again, this is becomming a tragic and terrifying part of American culture. Its incomprehensible a person can believe his pain and anger gives them the right to murder indiscriminately . My heart goes out to the traumatised families, and those who have lost loved ones.

      seanrossouwslr - 2012-12-14 20:45

      "Beijing - A man stabbed 22 primary school students in a knife attack in China on Friday, officials said, the latest in a series of assaults" Seems to be the human that's the problem, not the tools

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-14 22:28

      @seanrossouwslr - some people become tools

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-12-14 20:18

    So its told end of days have beguN !

      polya314 - 2012-12-15 08:06

      It's usually sycophants like you who perpetrate crimes like these.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-12-14 20:26

    these people are more crazy than us (dont blame zuma for this) YESES MAN

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-14 21:08

      You are right. This is the one tragedy we cant blame Zipper for... All the rest are squarely on him...

  • mshiniboys - 2012-12-14 20:27

    If this happened in South Africa people would be spiting slurs and boasting about leaving the country to go and live a 'safe life' in the US.What do you have to say for yourselves now tourists and travellers as well as investors?

      zuma.compound - 2012-12-14 20:46

      On average 50 people are murdered DAILY in South Africa. America is much safer than SA. Only a moron would believe otherwise...

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-14 20:54

      Most of our crime is due to poverty, What is the Fedocracy's reason ??

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-14 21:02

      @zapadela.tisarocha - most of 'our' crime is due to poor impulse control, drugs, alcohol and a over-developed sense of importance. It's no different anywhere else, it just manifests in different ways.

      yusufchinyengetere - 2012-12-14 21:19

      america even got more drugs than south africa...and i think lookng at the whole continent, tz mre unsafe...pple do get murdered in the usa, i do hve frnds that live thre...hiphop warz, drug warz, territory etc leave a lot of pple dead...tz js dat thre z mre bad publicity abt s.a...tz violent here, bt thre tz violent too...most of our crimes here are poverty driven, wat drive them to crime...greediness? Pschos?..

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-14 21:27

      Disagree.....Most Blacks currently incarcerated due to crime perpetrated by Poverty. ""control, drugs, alcohol and a over-developed sense of importance"" This would apply in the main to the opulent with Decadent life-styles.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-14 21:42

      @zapadela.tistarocha - disagree. The govt has categorically stated that more blacks are in prison because there are more blacks in our country. They haven't mentioned poverty as a factor, but then they can't really because then it would be their fault. Our country now jails more blacks than under Apartheid. So go figure.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-14 21:51

      It's our last Regime's fault. The ANC is addressing the Imbalance however you don't understand the size of the task ahead. Progressive Leaders will come.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-14 22:34

      @zapadela.tistarocha - no it is the fault of human beings who refuse to grow up and be accountable for their actions and take responsibility for their lives. Your wishful dream is still for some king, some knight in shining armour to come rescue you. Evolved societies have figured out that only they can save themselves. Get over the whole paternalistic paradigm - because with it comes eternal blame and eternal blame comes with a refusal to ever be an adult; always finding someone else to solve your problems. So abdicating all accountability and responsibility for your life and the world you live in

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-14 22:51

      Thanks for the offer however my life experiences dictate that I remain optimistic as there is ample evidence to support the progress of RSA, especially over the last decade.

      bokbal.bliksem - 2012-12-15 00:38

      leave it to zapadela to mmake this a racial debate in SA. You are an idiot! this was the act of 1 gunman, who was nuts! end of story! sitting here on your soap box blurting nonsense about crime in sa in ridiculous! you cant sit and blame the "old regime" for people actions! thats retarded, just like you!. it is like what happened in Zim with the land grabs. kids under 18 years, waliing around saying they were war veterans, when they werent even born, purely taking advantage of a situation! people wandering around SA, raping, murdering, has nothing to do with poverty, or the old regime, it is all on the individual and their choices in life. BE RESPONSIBLE. RAPE AND MURDER are not repurcissions of poverty! A**hole!

      bokbal.bliksem - 2012-12-15 00:50

      and as for you "own experiences " Zap, my uncle was murdered for being white in a black community. he owned the only store in the area, was married to a great black woman, adopted her son, and was murdered in cold blood for nothing. nothing was stolen, purely a saturday after pleasure killing. yet i still sit here and see through the nonsense that humans can simply be awful. nothing to do with race, poverty, religion etc, some people just have on conscience and no love for other humans, they are sick!

      polya314 - 2012-12-15 08:10

      There are a few crazies who do a lot of damage. But, there isn't a systematic, racially-fuelled violence, used against Americans in their own homes. Moreover, the American government would act, should they be put-up on Genocide watch's list. My heart goes out to the death of these children, but South Africa's killers are clever, they kill slowly - we don't even realise how many die.

      keithpatkell - 2012-12-15 09:39

      @ Matshone ,Segwape, Mshiniboys, Tistarocha, Mashilo, Mwando … author Dean Koontz horror thriller “Twilight Eyes” is seen as a work of pure fiction but there are many who really do have TWILIGHT EYES and can see into you and your kind…! You don’t understand my meaning? Read the book and you will know what I am talking about… The hypothesis of “us versus them” really does exist in this hideous world we live in, more so here in this country…. I know, I have twilight eyes…

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-15 12:59

      I prefer Non -Fiction, Thanks. I suggest Professional help regarding your hypothesis.... You must have been really damaged in the Past. I empathize for you.

      mshiniboys - 2012-12-15 15:05

      Keithpatkell you must I dont remember myself say 'us againsts them' on this platform.You read too much racist fiction and it is starting to affect your logical thinking.stop spreading fear and scepticism because that open you up to all sorts of vulnurabilities.

  • tresso.sven - 2012-12-14 20:29

    Don't know what to say.....my prayers are with all the victims and family's...

  • diran.pillay - 2012-12-14 20:37

    What do we say,how do we comment on such a sick thing. 18 little children shot dead! People are sick! Keep your children safe and keep them close to you,the world is filled with monsters.

  • lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-12-14 20:37

    The father was 20 years old and he had an accomplice.

  • Kurt.O.Pops - 2012-12-14 20:43

    Horrifying! Americans so focused on terrorism, meanwhile their own citizens performing acts of terror! This is happening to often!

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-12-14 20:44

    Unbelievably sad…! This is a small rural school...! Wow, that’s like half the school wiped out by one crazy psycho!

  • nomusa.hlatshwayo - 2012-12-14 20:44

    Lord have mercy on our souls!

  • lynda.pitcher.1 - 2012-12-14 20:46

    not another one........what is it with Americans, guns and schools??

      stem.anc.1 - 2012-12-14 20:54

      Not much worse than South Africa, farm murders, baby rapes, hi-jackings - every country has it's own problems, and no one seems to do anything about it, until it happens close to the heart.

  • simon.mwando - 2012-12-14 20:54

    Don't blame Zuma on this one!

      stem.anc.1 - 2012-12-14 21:17

      Apartheid ??

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-12-14 21:01

    My friend in america lived across the road from a primary school that had a sign proudly counting their gun free days.

  • Mark Milligan - 2012-12-14 21:04

    is their no humanity left in this sick world

  • billy.baker1 - 2012-12-14 21:06

    GOD has promised to forget the children of nations that forget His Law. "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." Hosea 4:6

      joyceannej - 2012-12-15 03:22

      OH BILLY.BAKER1 PLEASE, THIS SCRIPTURE IS MIS-APPLIED, GET SOME KNOWLEDGE OF BIBLE SCRIPTURE BEFORE YOU START QUOTING THEM

      polya314 - 2012-12-15 08:16

      Lol! I just love how the religious like to exploit the most horrendous tragedies to further their bloodlust. Listen hear Christian, if you think this was a terrible slaughter - then I suggest you go read your book again.

      matthewjames.gracie - 2012-12-15 21:36

      Dear Billy. A few human beings have left us due to a man who lost his moral obligation to his fellow man, and thus took 26 lives in a physical and real manner. Don't be condescending and disrespectful towards the families and people of this incident by diluting it in relation to a juvenile and mislead religious comment. People died. I'm pretty damn sure God didn't leave an innocent school child because his dad forgot to put money in a communion box or denied the existence of God. No matter the beliefs or lack thereof of any person on this planet, no child or person deserves this.

  • kimard - 2012-12-14 21:19

    there is a very, very special place in hell for wackos who would harm much less kill children. may this one spend eternity suffering the most heinous medieval torture the devil can dream up

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-14 23:20

      Really now, so what if God gave this person brain tumours or blessed him with violent abusive parents?

      kimard - 2012-12-14 23:31

      really now - abuse is no excuse to kill and for your tumor comment, im sure you feel one while sitting on your arse

  • marius.roodt.33 - 2012-12-14 21:30

    Spare the rod, spoil the child... Then end up with self entitled brats, that have no idea of actions and consequences, who grow into adults lacking all and any social skills....

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-14 21:51

      Or someone off their head on some wondrous chemical concoction (prescribed or illegal) or with brain damage or brain tumours. A study of psychotic killers has revealed brain disorders/damage - many stemming from childhood - usually from daily 'klaps around the ear', malnutrition and asstd forms of physical and mental abuse. This murderer is dead. There's now only medical, anecdotal and perhaps autopsy results that can piece together the Why.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-12-15 04:49

      I agree with you to a certain extent. If you are wide awake and see the tendencies in your own child, you may be able to discipline them to be normal. I.E. - don't hurt small animals, and dont't choke your sister. The problem in SA is that children share a room with their parents. If the father is violent. the child will be too. Living by example...

      polya314 - 2012-12-15 08:17

      Oh the misinformed, barbaric, and utterly idiotic opinions of the masses.

      sonja.bennett3 - 2012-12-15 11:42

      Actually he was (as the Aurora shooter) an highly intelligent individual who finished high school 3 years early. His 24 year old brother is a financial accountant. As his parents divorced when he was 9, I don't think he had a bad childhood neither was there a father that "misbehaved" in their lives.

  • andre.krige - 2012-12-14 22:27

    Another shoot out, not a co- incidence . How many more people will die until change of the second amendment.

  • bokbal.bliksem - 2012-12-15 00:24

    People, stop taking gun control. there are many many weapons killing people, guns arent the issue. humans are! this is simply an insane person, causing irreprable damage to families and communities. lets mourn the loss of the slaughtered childern and get off the soap boxes about gun control. Face the facts, some people are just F'd up, end of story, guns or no guns, they are going to do somehting bad. Find a way to stop then 1st!!!

  • bokbal.bliksem - 2012-12-15 00:43

    who are these lowlifes who "thumbs down" the people supporting the victims. what is wrong with you???? what if this was your family, which in SA its a strong possibility! would you be sitting here saying bugger you for supporting me??? you have no life, and the one you have is meaningless if you cant see the pure horrific nature of this and cant support those grieving families!! SHAME ON YOU, may the fleas of a thousand camels infest your ball hairs and may your arms be short to scratch them!

  • joyceannej - 2012-12-15 03:16

    MY HEART GOES OUT FOR THE PARENTS AND FAMILIES OF THE SLAIN PEOPLE, AND PRAYERS FOR THEM AS WELL, THE SADNESS THAT IT ALSO BRINGS TO ME IS THAT IT HAPPENED ON THE DATE OF THE DEATH OF MY MOTHER SO THIS BRINGS GREAT SADNESS, GOD PLEASE HELP THE BEREAVED FAMILIES AND GIVE THEM STRENGTH IN THIS TIME OF TROUBLE

  • numerofigo - 2012-12-15 07:05

    How could they be so heartless?

  • polya314 - 2012-12-15 08:19

    Anyone who wants to understand the psychology of a mass murderer, please read: 'We need to talk about Kevin' by Lionel Shriver.

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-12-15 17:40

    Ou Roux de boy,now you go and tell those affected by this tragedy to go and pray for satan,this whole event makes your column look like the horse manure it is,the Bible says satan is a thief and a mass murderer, you bettter wake up boy.

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-12-15 17:47

    It is God!! He allowed for this to happen,He pued the trigger,or He could have prevented it,suppose this what all atheists would say.for so shall it be in the last days says the Bible,men will be scoffers,lovers of themselves,pride, disobedient,cruel,just to name a few.wake up people there is a God and His Word is true.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-12-15 20:01

    Condolences.

  • arlene.prince.7 - 2012-12-18 11:47

    Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” I this crazy world where live means nothing i pray that these little ones and every human being death may not be be in vine. We as a society should take responsibility for what we have become, Freedom of choice is the only gift God gave us and how have we used it??

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