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Bomb threat disrupts Catholic Church during Newtown memorial service

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
December 17th, 2012
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For some sick individuals, the people of Newtown, Connecticut hadn't suffered enough. Just before a memorial service was scheduled to begin to honor the dozens of adults and children slain in the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School, some miscreant phoned in a bomb threat. After a brief panic, the threat was deemed phony and the service continued as scheduled.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) -  The St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Connecticut was evacuated during a noon mass after the church received a bomb threat.

The small community, already stretched past the breaking point, had their tensions raised once again at the sight of nearly a dozen camouflage-clad SWAT team members carrying assault weapons who rushed into the church.

The Catholic Church in Newton has become a center of grieving following the deaths of 20 children and six adults at the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Police shouted to the public to stand back and take cover while they secured the building. One woman suffered an anxiety attack and was taken out on a stretcher and placed into an ambulance.
Police thereafter relaxed their posture and began allowing people to lay flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial by the church.

Seventeen-year-old Evelyn Leon of Waterbury, 20 miles east of Newtown recalled when word got out about the possible threat.

"Word filtered back through the pews that there had been a threat made and we had to get into our cars and evacuate," she said.

"Everybody was just rushing out. People just didn't know what do."

President Obama arrived in Newtown that afternoon to attend a memorial service for the 20 first graders and six adults killed in Friday's gun rampage at the elementary school by Adam Lanza, who also killed himself and his mother.

The president planned a private meeting with families of the victims and with emergency personnel who responded to the shootings.

"As a nation, we have endured far too many of these tragedies in the last few years,' he said in his weekly radio address Saturday.

"An elementary school in Newtown. A shopping mall in Oregon. A house of worship in Wisconsin. A movie theater in Colorado. Countless street corners in places like Chicago and Philadelphia...

"We have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this. Regardless of the politics," the president said.

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