Saturday, February 9, 2013
The president of the Kirkwood-based Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod asked for an apology from a pastor who participated in an interfaith vigil after the shootings.
A few days after the shooting in Newtown, CT, that killed 20 children and six adults, the community gathered with a variety of clergy leaders representing a number of faiths for a prayer service and vigil. That didn't sit well with the president of the conservative, Kirkwood-based Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. A pastor from Christ the King Lutheran Church, a Missouri Synod church in Newtown, was among those who participated. And the president of the synod, The Rev. Matthew Harrison, asked that pastor to apologize, as reported in an article by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Saturday. The Post's coverage summarizes the issue thusly: The synod forbids "worship services that blend the beliefs and practices of Lutherans with those of other …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Following the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, should we expect to see stricter laws regarding gun purchases in the United States?
The question reemerges after every mass shooting in America: are more stringent gun control laws necessary to prevent future shootings? It's a question that was posed after the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO in July. And as the national conversation continues to focus on the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, it's a question being asked again. So far, lawmakers in Missouri have been divided on how to respond. As KMOX reported on Thursday, Rep. Stacey Newman (D-Richmond Heights) is calling for the implementation of required background checks for people who buy firearms at gun shows. Meanwhile, other Missouri lawmakers are supporting a bill that would allow school officials with concealed carry …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Olivette Police Chief Richard Knox wants the community to know city police will increase patrols around schools in the community.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Chief Richard F. Knox, chief of the Olivette Police Department, sent this letter to the community today and shared it with Olivette Patch. It comes in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 students. We run the entire letter below as it was sent to us. December 17, 2012 Olivette Residents and Community Re: School Safety Dear Fellow Residents In light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I want to take this opportunity to discuss school safety in Olivette. As we learn more about the tragic incident in Newtown, Connecticut, our thoughts and prayers go to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Community. This is an emotional issue that rings close to home for all of us as parents, educators, and public safety…
Friday, December 14, 2012
Children "need to be reminded that this is an unusual situation and they should not fear going to school or other familiar activities.”
A St. Louis-based crime victims' advocacy group alerted parents to remind their children that such vicious violence is rare and that they should not be afraid to go about their daily lives and familiar routines. “Children should be taught to always be aware of their surroundings," said Julie Lawson, President and CEO of the Crime Victim Advocacy Center in St. Louis, in a statement. "But they also need to be reminded that this is an unusual situation and they should not fear going to school or other familiar activities.” She was responding to news of the multiple deaths in Newtown, CT, on Friday, when a shooter killed at least 27 people, including himself, at an elementary school. "An incident like this reminds us that we are vulnerable to…
The move comes in the wake of a deadly shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut which has left dozens dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School, many of them young children.
St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch announced via Twitter Friday afternoon that officers will provide extra patrols at elementary schools until further notice. "We hope our presence will calm fears," he tweeted. Those fears come in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Newtown, CT, friday where authorities say a man went to an elementary school and killed at least 26 people, including his mother, according to Newtown Patch. At least 18 children have been killed in the Newtown shooting, according to authorities. Update: 3:45 p.m. Friday: County Police spokesman Randy Vaughn told Patch Friday afternoon that the move makes elementary schools "a first priority" for patrols, and applies only to the areas in unincorporated St. Louis County…