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The Effects of Newtown CT Shooting on Children in America

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – It's now been one week since the tragic shooting in Newtown Connecticut, and America is starting to seeing some major ripple effects. Over the past seven days, children have refused to go to school, new threats have emerged, and controversial ideas are coming forward to protect our children. Some said the aftermath is putting our nation on pause.

Friday America stood in silence, and then bells began to toll. They rang 26 times in cities across the country, to honor the 20 children and six adults shot and killed a week ago at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. One of them was kindergartner Emilie Parker from Ogden.
"Emilie was such a wonderful little girl, she loved everybody," said April Cottle, Emilie’s Aunt.
Now, the ripple of fear from this tragic shooting is affecting children nationwide. Sales for bulletproof backpacks made by a company here in Utah are up 500%.

"It can be used on the back if you're moving away from a threat, it can be pulled to the front, if the threat's in front of you, ideally, it even has the ability even as a shield," said Rich Brand, Amendment II.

Some students are bringing guns to class for protection. One boy at West Kearns Elementary School used it to threaten a fellow student.

"And I said I'm going to go tell, and he said if you go tell, I'm going to kill you," said Isabell Rios, 6th grader, West Kearns Elementary.

Copycat threats of the Sandy Hook shooting have been made at schools in Indiana, South Carolina, and Maryland. Here in Utah, rumors of a threat were reported to Syracuse High School, class was cancelled at Mountain Crest High School, and police put out extra patrols at six schools in West Jordan.