The mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday is a painful reminder for people like Missy Dodds who went through a similar ordeal at Red Lake High School on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in March 2005. "I just think about how scared probably the little kids were," Dodds told KARE 11. "Because having been there I know how scared they were."
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The gunman in Connecticut killed 26 people -- 12 girls, eight boys and six women. CNN has an official list of the victims released by state police.
Irene Hagen of Minnesota is grieving the loss of her 6-year-old granddaughter Charlotte Bacon. “This is tough, this is surreal, you can’t believe this could happen," Hagen told WCCO. “It’s hard to believe that someone would kill children, innocent children.” Nearly 20 Minnesotans will attend Charlotte's funeral later this week.
Kim Bartell, the mother of Seth Bartell — one of the two students who died after the shooting at Cold Spring's Rocori High School in 2003 — told Fox 9 News that the Connecticut school tragedy brought back the emotions of “helplessness, loss, unknown.”
An emotional President Barack Obama, wiping away tears, addressed reporters Friday afternoon and said "our hearts are broken" for the families of the victims. "As a country, we have been through this too many times," Obama said. He said meaningful action must be taken to prevent mass shootings, regardless of politics.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton issued a statement: “This dastardly, cold-blooded murder of innocent children and their educators by a deranged individual shocks Minnesotans. All of our children, their parents, and all of their teachers should feel certain every day that their safety is the paramount concern. The deepest condolences of Minnesotans go to the parents and families of the victims of this horrific act.”
Minnesota’s education commissioner Brenda Cassellius reacted to the Connecticut shooting by asking the state’s superintendents and principals to look at their emergency plans, according to The Associated Press.