If you’re not near a television, keep it that way. This is a story where you won’t want or need the accompanying footage. The Hartford Courant is reporting this morning:
Multiple people, including children, have been killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School [in Newtown, Connecticut]
The number of dead is unclear, but there are at least 20 shooting victims. Many of the shootings took place in a kindergarten classroom, sources said.
One entire classrom is unaccounted for outside the school, sources said.
A person believed to be a shooter is dead. Earlier reports of a second shooter are unconfirmed.
ABC News reported through federal, local officials that more than a dozen people, including children, were shot and killed.
Some reports have the number of dead as high as 27. As per usual in these cases, it’ll likely be a while until the details become clear. And in the interim, there will be no shortage of media types beclowning themselves with irresponsible speculation.
I hope that, for a few days at least, we can resist the temptation to shoehorn this in to some broader social or political narrative. Such impulses miss the real point: a little over a week before Christmas, there are parents who forever lost the opportunity to have their children come home because they sent them off to elementary school this morning.
The heart breaks.