SAN DIEGO, December 14, 2012 – Within minutes and in the hours following news of the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the world turned as it now does in huge numbers to Twitter to express sorrow, outrage, and frustration.
The human need to reach out and communicate, connect, and contemplate what has happened is nothing new. What is new is the speed, the universality, and the platform now provided by Twitter and other social networks as our modern communal town square.
Among the reactions posted and shared around the world (in no particular order and chosen only as a random sample):
Marlee Matlin @MarleeMatlin PRAYERS to families at Conn school. I’m absolutely sick to my stomach that this violence took place where children are supposed to feel safe… I am numb as the numbers of the dead - children and adults - keep ticking up. #PrayForNewtown
Cory Booker @CoryBooker Just heard what happened. With my staff in city hall watching CNN. All here are praying for victims and families. My heart is deeply mourning for those killed in Connecticut. Let us pray for all those affected and support them during this awful time.
Kirstie Alley @kirstiealley No comprehension of such insanity, violence and evil…
Herman Cain @THEHermanCain This is a horrible tragedy. Pray for those little children and their families. I am disgusted by those who want to get into the politics of today’s violence. Shame on Michael Moore & MSNBC
George Foreman @GeorgeForeman I’m ever dedicated & more focused on kindness “today.” It’s the hope we seek.
Oscar De La Hoya @OscarDeLaHoya Feeling sick to my stomach right now. Shooting at an elementary school leaves several children dead. I’m lost for words. Lets pray and pray.
Piers Morgan @piersmorgan JULY, 2012: Worst shooting in U.S. history #Aurora DEC, 2012: Worst school shooting in U.S. history #Newton TIME TO ACT, MR PRESIDENT @iDreamOfCece I want to know what exactly you think the president can do about this? Seriously. @piersmorgan Try ‘something’ >
Leonard Nimoy @TheRealNimoy Today it’s Connecticut. Lots of people will not LLAP!!
(Editor’s note: LLAP is “Live Long and Prosper”)
Questo of The Roots @questlove peace be with the parents. peace be with the traumatized children who witnessed this act. peace be with the teachers. bless us all.
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Bethenny Frankel @Bethenny MONSTER. Those poor helpless children & babies. I don’t remember hearing something so evil.
KhloéKardashianOdom @KhloeKardashian To harm children who are defenseless is truly disgusting. I’m in disbelief. #PrayforNewtown my heart truly goes out to EVERYONE affected I am sick to my stomach. 18 children and 9 adults lives were stolen today. I’m so sorry for the sadness and pain this has caused. PRAY
Blake Shelton @blakeshelton Stand strong and stand united everyone… We are Americans and we are better than this. What a sad sad disgusting day this is… To all the people sending me hate right now stop for a second. I’m on your side. I don’t have all the answers. U don’t either. It’s not easy.
Tom Bergeron @Tom_Bergeron Watching coverage of the CT shootings. Crestfallen. My thoughts are with the families of Newtown.
Melissa Rycroft @MelissaRycroft Watching the news and I’m just disgusted…it takes a true monster to do something like this. Prayers to all the families involved…
Henry Winkler @hwinkler4real The children, The adults, The senselessness , the sadness, the need to look at our violent national selves
Michael Reagan @ReaganWorld What is happening to our country??I am crying for our nation and on my knees praying for our children When we cease to be a nation under God will be a nation gone under…Dad I am sorry we have gone under!
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