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Batavia vigil to be held year after Newtown shooting

BATAVIA – A year after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Page McCloud said he is frustrated that not much has been done to stop the gun violence since that tragedy.

“No solutions have really been presented that our elected officials have acted on,” McCloud said.

On Dec. 14, 2012, a 20-year-old entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and shot and killed 20 children and six educators before killing himself. McCloud and his wife, Carol, are organizing a vigil from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the southwest corner of Batavia Avenue (Route 31) and Wilson Street in Batavia.

As a former educator himself, McCloud said the school shooting hits home. He taught in Batavia School District 101 for 35 years before retiring six years ago.

“It struck me in a way that I never felt,” McCloud said of the Sandy Hook shooting. “Carol and I have grandchildren that are very young.”

This is the third vigil the couple has organized since the shooting.

More than 75 people participated in a vigil in January, a month after the shooting, and the couple held another vigil in mid-May.

“This is a pretty hot-button issue with me and a lot of my friends,” McCloud said. “Gun violence is an ongoing problem, and we haven’t solved it. I am disappointed that there hasn’t been more discussion about any solutions.”

Saturday’s vigil is open to all who want to participate, McCloud said.

More information is available by contacting him at 630-879-9198 or pagemccloud@gmail.com.

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