Reaction to Connecticut school shooting
Tomblin orders U.S., state flags lowered
In accordance with the presidential proclamation issued this afternoon, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all U.S. and state flags at all state facilities be displayed at half-staff immediately as a mark of respect for the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset, Tuesday, Dec. 18. Tomblin issued the following statement.
"As parents, Joanne and I are deeply saddened today by the news of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. This is a tragic and senseless act. We ask all West Virginians to keep these families and this community in your thoughts and prayers during the very difficult days ahead."
Beshear orders flags to half-staff
Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from through Friday, Dec. 21, in honor of the victims in this morning's school shooting tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
"We are horrified by this devastating shooting in Connecticut," said Beshear. "The loss is unfathomable. As parents and grandparents, Jane and I cannot imagine the pain these families face. To the community of Newtown and the families of Sandy Hook Elementary, Kentuckians share in your grief, and we hold you in our hearts and prayers."
Statements from other officials
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.: "Let us join as a nation to console the families of those lost and those affected by today's once unthinkable tragedy. With prayer and a reliance on the Almighty, we seek to comfort and help bring peace to their lives."
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.: "As parents and grandparents, Gayle and I can't begin to imagine the pain and grief the families must be going through. All we can do -- along with all West Virginians -- is offer our thoughts and prayers that the families can find some peace and comfort within themselves, from each other, their communities, this nation and from God above."
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.: "West Virginia joins the nation in mourning those lost -- and grieving for their families and the entire Newtown community. There is nothing more tragic than the loss of a child, and today's events are simply unimaginable -- and entirely senseless. Sharon and I join in sending our earnest prayers and heartfelt condolences to Connecticut."