Northland remembers Sandy Hook shooting one year later

By KBJR News 1

December 14, 2013 Updated Dec 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) -- On December, 14 2012 Adam Lanza went into Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown Connecticut and opened fire, killing 26 people.

While Sandy Hook is far from the Northland, people gathered in Duluth to support those affected by the second deadliest mass shootings by single person in American history.

"Its important that people know that you feel for them. Its important for the people in Sandy Hook that there are people around who care about their feelings and their loss," said Kathy Bogen, Executive Director of the Meyers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative.

Members of Protect Minnesota and the Brady Campaign came together at Meyers–Wilkins Elementary school for a vigil to remember those lost on that day.

"If we don't remember the victims then we have forgotten what we are all about," said Joan Peterson, Co-President of the Northland Brady Protect Minnesota Chapter.

Peterson hopes incidents like this will encourage policy changes and remind parents to keep fire arms in a safe place in their home.

"As it turns out in every school shooting, the gun came from the student's home," she said. "So parents need to be aware that even though they may think their child wouldn't take a gun from home often they do. So keeping guns safely stored and being aware of being responsible can certainly help."

Schools such as Meyer–Wilkins Elementary are also striving to make schools a safer place for kids by having controlled entries and performing lock down drills.

"We practice lock down procedures, it's just very much like a fire or tornado practice or a fire drill. Kids and teachers and everybody in the school when there is a lock down practice they know exactly what to do so that we keep the children in a safe place," said Bogen.

Mayor Don Ness also shared in remembering those who have been affected by the school shooting.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.