Here's some reaction on some Quincy area residents' Facebook pages today after word spread about the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn.:
"And yet another senseless shooting of innocent people just trying to go about their normal day. To make it worse very young children have had their lives cut short or traumatized forever. These ridiculous acts of violence are mind-numbing to me and make me sick. So tragic. Please pray for these children, their families and our country as a whole."
"I can't be the only person feeling like the world is falling apart. My prayers are with the poor folks in Newtown, Conn. God help them. God help us all."
"The school shootings today have shaken me to the core. School is always supposed to be safe ... our children are supposed to never feel such intense pain or fear. I hope that tonight as you are tucking your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, all of your loved ones into bed that you take a little longer, hug a little tighter and pray a little harder."
"Seriously who shoots up an elementary school!? Praying for all the parents of those children in Connecticut."
"I vote that those idiots in Washington quit bickering over the fiscal cliff and start figuring out how to keep crazies out of our kids' schools! Those poor kids."
"Who shoots a child?????????? Who shoots anyone for that fact! I'm so saddened over the terrible tragedy in CT. Physically ill. …. Praying for all of the families and for the countless number of people who are directly affected by this horrific event."
"Very sick people, very sad situation. All we can do is pray for those families. God bless, Godspeed and unite together."
"There are special places in hell for child pornographers and school shooters. Don't even want to know your name. The children will always be remembered."
"It's hard to me to understand what goes through the minds of some people. … I just can't believe someone could kill a child. My heart hurts."
"Another horrible and sad event today in Connecticut that reminds us again, to keep your kids close and to stay focused on what's most important in life. God bless you all and prayers to the children and families involved."
"Devastating news out of CT. Just gut-wrenching. Never been happier to be home with a sick girl who just wants to cuddle. Just wish my little buy was here too."
"Senseless acts of violence always floor me … but kindergarten children?? Prayers go out to the families of those affected by the tragedy in Newtown, CT. I will hug my kids and teacher wife a little tighter tonight when I see them."
"I just can't (stop) shaking my head. It's incomprehensible."
"There are absolutely no words."
"Calling the shooter an animal would only elevate them on the evolutionary ladder."
"You never know when you're going to wake up to news that reminds you how (messed) up life can be."
"The news today seems so far away. Until I realized that I once had kids in kindergarten."
"While our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the great tragedy, let us not forget the EMTs, policemen and firemen that (had) to go inside and deal with this. Many of them probably have children in this age group and it will (be) hard for them to do their jobs."
"It is a terrible thing to say you survived school and mean it literally. During my 16 years of education, I did not know violence. After Columbine, I knew long, slow lines to enter the building, metal detectors and backpack searches, but I still did not know violence. I can remember our high school being on lockdown on one occasion - one - and still, no violence. How anyone can take the lives of so many innocent people - children - instead of just taking hiw own and only his own, (life) is incomprehensible. Our world is not a safe place. May God be with the town of Newtown."
"There are absolutely no words. I'm at a loss, I cannot for one moment imagine what the families of those slain are feeling today. I will hug my daughter tighter and longer than I ever have before. May God bless the new angels that arrived there today and maybe judge the one who put them there."
"This week has been a very sad one ... the passing of little superman zanger (Easton Zanger of Quincy) and now these children in conn. I personaly didn't know either but have learned not to take your time with ur children for granted...they were all angels taking way too soon. God bless to everyone and their families."
"As a parent we try our best to protect our children from the 'monsters' of the world. Today was a tragic event, so many innocent people were taken in a place that they considered safe. Cherish the time you have with your loved ones."
"Violence against our children, no matter the age, is a parent's worst nightmare. God bless the parents and loved ones left behind to cope with and make sense of this act. As for the little ones, the good Lord has his loving arms wrapped around them right now."