Glenn tweeted in response to the news:
Our hearts and prayers are with everyone touched by this tragedy. #Newton— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) December 14, 2012
Our society is broken. Our communities are suffering and it is because of the ever expanding lack of self control & personal responsibility— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) December 14, 2012
It is not the gun. It is the soul.— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) December 14, 2012
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A shooting earlier today at an elementary school in Newton, CT has left close to twenty-seven people killed, eighteen of which were children. The shooting appears to be the second-worst school shooting in U.S. history, only exceeded at this time by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.
Parents flooded to Sandy Hook Elementary School, about 60 miles northeast of New York City, looking for their children in the wake of the shooting. Students were told to close their eyes by police as they were led from the building.
A photo taken by The Newtown Bee newspaper showed a group of young students – some crying, others looking visibly frightened – being escorted by adults through a parking lot in a line, hands on each other’s shoulders.
Students and staff were among the victims, state police Lt. Paul Vance said a brief news conference. He also said the gunman was dead inside the school, but he refused to say how people were killed.
Another official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way, said the gunman apparently had two guns.
A law enforcement official in Washington said the attacker was a 20-year-old man with ties to the school and that one of the guns was a .223-caliber rifle. The official also said that police were searching a location in New Jersey in connection with the shootings. That official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak on the record about the developing criminal investigation.