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Opinion: Volunteer firefighter, editor conflicting roles at Newtown

With nothing the firefighter could do to help, she turned to her trade as photographer

By David F. Sherman, managing editor
The Clarence Bee 

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The news broke in a way that for those of my generation was Dallas-scary. At 11 minutes after 10 Friday morning, a community newspaper in New England posted the following on its Facebook page:

“State and Newtown police, ambulance, and emergency response personnel responded to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shortly after 9:30 a.m., Friday, following reports of a shooting. One child was carried from the school by a police officer, apparently seriously wounded. The other children in the school are exiting the school under state police protection. All of Newtown’s schools are in lockdown, and the private schools in town have been notified of an alleged shooting being reported at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson said the schools were placed on lockdown the morning of Friday, December 14, ‘until we hear what is going on there.’ Dr. Robinson said it is best if parents do not try to call the district at this time, and the school district will release a message once further information is known. The situation is evolving.”

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