latest from the vigil in Connecticut (with President Obama)

Subject: Pool Report #6



Newtown HS.


The auditorium is now filling up shortly before the vigil is due to start. Adults are standing in small groups, talking to one another quietly, some are crying, some embracing, holding each other close.


Earlier, several small groups of kids were standing in groups as well, some chatting happily with their friends in contrast to the emotions shown by the adults.


Several kids were wearing “Sandy Hook School” sweat shirts, several others were in Scout uniform.


Piano music is now playing including the hymns “Lord of the Dance” and “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” but cannot hide the loud buzz of chatter in the room.


Co-pooler Reid Epstein notes that the small stuffed dogs the kids are holding were handed out at the door by the Red Cross.


The White House advises that there is an overflow room that has been set up for people who cannot get into the main auditorium. There are also reports of long lines outside the High School of people waiting to get in.



Stephen Collinson

AFP White House Correspondent