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March 15, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Roger Previs, principal of acclaimed Stratfield School in Fairfield, Conn., was forced into retirement after being blamed for doctored students' test scores. Previs, 57, said he is innocent and agreed to retire to spare students, parents and teachers further turmoil. Investigators found that incorrect answers on two standardized exams between 1993 and 1996 had been systematically erased and the correct answers filled in.
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April 25, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death inside a Milford, Conn., high school just hours before the junior prom on Friday, officials said. Maren Sanchez died from her wounds at Bridgeport Hospital, Milford Police Chief Keith Mello told reporters. “We are obviously devastated by the loss of one of our students,” School Superintendent Elizabeth Feser said at the news conference from the scene. A 16-year-old boy has been taken into custody, officials said. His name is being withheld because of his age. Students at the school told reporters that the incident was caused by a dispute over a date for the junior prom, originally scheduled for Friday night but canceled because of the stabbing.
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May 19, 1990 | KAREN TUMULTY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Yale psychiatrist James P. Comer started trying out his educational ideas in two of New Haven's most troubled inner-city schools in 1968, initial signs were not encouraging. Teachers and administrators began the experiment with high hopes, but soon were squabbling over apparent failures. Parents grew so angry that they planned a protest march. And in the classrooms, children were confused and uncontrollable.
NATIONAL
January 14, 2013 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
NEWTOWN, Conn. - Hours after a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Lee Shull sent an email to friends and neighbors in Newtown and urged them to join him in doing something to prevent another mass shooting. "I knew we had to act.... We needed to do something," said Shull, whose two children attended Sandy Hook, where a killer with an assault weapon opened fire on the morning of Dec. 14. But the answer to exactly what that "something" should be remains elusive even in this town hit so hard by gun violence, as was evident Monday when the group that Shull helped create formally announced itself without taking a stand on new gun laws.
NEWS
July 10, 1996 | SARA FRITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a landmark ruling that is expected to influence efforts to integrate public schools across the nation, the Connecticut Supreme Court declared Tuesday that segregation in the Hartford area schools violates the state constitution. The ruling was a victory for the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People and other civil rights groups, which have been turning to the state courts to achieve desegregation at a time when such efforts are being severely limited in the federal courts.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2012 | By Thomas Curwen
It may not be possible to understand a tragedy like the shooting Friday in Newton, Conn., but parents can help their children cope with the fear and insecurity. A number of resources are available. Talking with Children about School Violence: Advice from the Lucy Daniels Center in North Carolina and tailored for children 11 years old or younger. Talking to Kids about School Safety : Mental Health America also offers suggestions, along with a list of signs that indicate a child may need help.
NEWS
May 5, 1996 | Reuters
Stratfield School, long cited as one of the nation's best public elementary schools, was rocked Friday by a cheating scandal that called into question the entire state's testing system. The school, which has just over 400 students, drew national attention over the last decade as its students consistently scored as much as 40% higher on standardized tests than the next highest-scoring school in the same district.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2012 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The massacre of 26 children and adults at a school in western Connecticut may break the logjam in Congress on long-stalled gun-control legislation, although some longtime opponents said they plan to fight any new measures, lawmakers and analysts said Sunday. “I think we could be at a tipping point can get something done,” Sen. Chuck E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on CBS's "Face the Nation," noting that there had been several mass shootings this year alone. “The public will not accept as a new normal one of these incidents every month” Schumer called for restoring the ban on assault-style weapons, limiting the number of bullets in ammunition clips and making it harder for “mentally unstable” individuals to obtain firearms.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2012 | By Tina Susman and Matt Pearce
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- School shooter Adam Lanza killed his mother with "multiple" shots to her head and killed himself with a single shot to his head, according to a coroner's report released Sunday. After killing his mother in the home they shared, Lanza, 20, drove her car to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he opened fire in two classrooms Friday morning, killing 20 children and six adults. He then turned the gun on himself. The autopsy reports were released by Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, who said earlier that all the children had been shot multiple times.
NEWS
December 14, 2012 | From Times Staff
Twenty-seven people, including 18 children, have been killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in suburban Connecticut, according to the Associated Press. The report cites an official with knowledge of the situation. The toll was far larger than early reports. Other media reported different numbers but all agreed that the toll was around two dozen dead with others injured.. More details are expected at a news conference to begin shortly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Women pushing strollers stopped to peer at handguns in glass cases. Men squinted through scopes. The "clack-clack" of stun guns crackled overhead. A man meandered through the crowd, a black rifle slung over his back with a cardboard sign: "For sale: $1,700. " Less than a month after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, business was brisk at one of the nation's largest gun shows, held this weekend at the Ontario Convention Center, where vendors and patrons alike expressed fear of possible new federal restrictions on guns.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2012 | Tina Susman and Kim Murphy and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
The troubled young man who shot and killed 26 people at an elementary school had not had contact with his father in a nearby town for the last two years, despite his father's repeated efforts to repair the relationship, a family acquaintance said Tuesday as most students in the trauma-stricken town returned to school amid funeral processions. The revelation that Adam Lanza, 20, had broken off contact with his father and his brother deepened questions into what was going on inside the Lanza household in the weeks and months before the shooting, whose genesis still remains largely unknown.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu and Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
Retailers are pulling back on sales of assault weapons and investors are abandoning gun makers' stocks as the nation's grief focuses on the funerals of the 20 children and six adults killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School rampage in Newtown, Conn. Calling the deadly assault "tragic and devastating," private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management said Tuesday that it will sell its 95% stake in Freedom Group Inc., which makes the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that police said was used in the attack.
NATIONAL
December 17, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- They walked to Sandy Hook in twos and threes, some with children in strollers or infants bundled against the chill and fog. Some had teddy bears tucked under their arms. Others held bouquets of fresh flowers, Christmas wreaths with red ribbon, balloons in pink and blue and white. They came to leave gifts and cards and candles at a roadside shrine near Sandy Hook Elementary School on Sunday night. Police cars blocked the road to the school, and traffic was backed up even farther.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2012 | By Wesley Lowery and Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
Since the shooting, Karen Dryer has done her best to keep the news from her 5-year-old son, Logan. He was already anxious enough about going to kindergarten. For months, she's had to reassure him there was nothing to be afraid of. How will she tell her son that two of the people who made it a little easier - the girls who accompanied him on the bus to Sandy Hook Elementary School and told him to be brave - were killed there Friday with 18 other children and six adults? Madeleine Hsu, shy and tiny, wore flowery dresses and lived across the street on Moccasin Trail.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2012 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The massacre of 26 children and adults at a school in western Connecticut may break the logjam in Congress on long-stalled gun-control legislation, although some longtime opponents said they plan to fight any new measures, lawmakers and analysts said Sunday. “I think we could be at a tipping point can get something done,” Sen. Chuck E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on CBS's "Face the Nation," noting that there had been several mass shootings this year alone. “The public will not accept as a new normal one of these incidents every month” Schumer called for restoring the ban on assault-style weapons, limiting the number of bullets in ammunition clips and making it harder for “mentally unstable” individuals to obtain firearms.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2012 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- Choking up and wiping away tears, President Obama offered support and prayers for the families of those shot in an elementary  school in Connecticut and called for “meaningful action”  to stop such violence. “Our hearts are broken today,” the president said in the briefing room at the White House. Obama spoke hours after a gunman shot and killed more than two dozen people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Eighteen of the dead were children, according to officials.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri and Robin Abcarian
An official from a town near Newtown, Conn. - the site of the horrific school shooting - said police informed him the principal was among the dead. First Selectman Gerald Stomski of Woodbury, told the Los Angeles Times that Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung was an “an incredible person” and an “outstanding educator and always put her students first.” Before she began at Sandy Hook in 2010, Hochsprung was a principal in nearby Woodbury, Stomski said.
NEWS
December 16, 2012 | By Tina Susman and Richard A. Serrano
NEWTOWN, Conn. - School shooter Adam Lanza carried hundreds of bullets when he shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and used an assault rifle to do most of the killing, authorities confirmed Sunday. Lanza, 20, fired a Bushmaster .223 semiautomatic rifle to kill many of the 20 children and six adults at the school Friday, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said. He used a Glock 10-millimeter handgun to shoot himself in the head. He also carried at Sig Sauer pistol.
NATIONAL
December 16, 2012 | By Tina Susman and Matt Pearce
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- School shooter Adam Lanza killed his mother with "multiple" shots to her head and killed himself with a single shot to his head, according to a coroner's report released Sunday. After killing his mother in the home they shared, Lanza, 20, drove her car to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he opened fire in two classrooms Friday morning, killing 20 children and six adults. He then turned the gun on himself. The autopsy reports were released by Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner Dr. H. Wayne Carver II, who said earlier that all the children had been shot multiple times.
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