Newtown Congregations Try To Make Sense Of Deadly School Rampage

NEWTOWN, Conn. (December 16, 2012)—Worshippers flocked to houses of worship Sunday in Newton, Conn., to try to make sense of the school massacre that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.

Newtown residents sought solace in each other's company while police worked to find out why 20-year-old Adam Lanza would attack a school after killing his mother.

Six-year-old Jennifer Waters went to Mass on Sunday with a lot of questions.

As she sat at a pew in the back, she asked her mother about the child victims.

"Are they going to live with the angels?’ she asked.

Rabbi Shaul Praver of Congregation Adeth Israel wanted to make one thing clear to 6-year-old Noah Pozner's classmates, saying, "This is not an act of God. This is an act of a crazy man."

Worshippers hurriedly left one church in Newtown, however, because of a bomb threat.

Police in SWAT gear arrived at the St. Rose of Lima Church not far from the elementary school where 20 kids and six adults were killed Friday.

There was no official report from police about the threat or evacuation.

It's not clear if there actually was a threat or if, like many tragedies, whether it was a hoax or the result of a community on edge.

Authorities meanwhile were trying to determine whether students who survived the school rampage will be able to return to classes.

Newtown police Lt. George Sinko said at a news conference Sunday that school officials will determine what happens, but that he thinks it will be very difficult for the children to return to Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown.

But he says authorities want to keep the children together because the survivors "need to support each other."

(List Of School Shooting Victims)

(Newtown Youth And Family Services)

(Newtown Parent Connection)


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