Connecticut church ‘in shock’ after Sandy Hook school massacre

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Congregation ‘in shock’ after school massacre: Connecticut member survives shooting. Page 1 lead.

A teacher who attends the Danbury Church of Christ in Connecticut survived the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in which 20 students and six school employees died.

Minister Doug Vile identified the teacher as Robin Walker.

“She’s a special education teacher and was in a reading class,” Vile told The Christian Chronicle. “She huddled kids in a corner and read stories to them while the shooting was going on. She kept them safe and together and calm until the police came.

“Bless her heart, she loves those kids,” he added.

On the Sunday after the Dec. 14 attack, the 100-member congregation conducted a special “lament service” focused on Scripture and prayer. The church is about eight miles northwest of the Newtown, Conn., school.

‘As our nation weeps, so do I,’ minister says. Inside Story.

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Beyond residential care: Children’s homes expand services (reporting from Claremore, Okla.). National.

This post highlights my stories in the February 2013 print edition of The Christian Chronicle.

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