Coach, A Father, Finds Out Little Leaguers Are Among the Dead

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Brian Butler and his wife coach little league in Newtown. Their 7-year-old son is on the team.

Brian says the family got involved in sports as a way to meet other families when they moved to the leafy Connecticut suburb two years ago. The Butlers got to know other parents. And their kids made friends.

But he says his quiet suburban life was shattered Friday.

He is pushing a stroller with his youngest child through Newtown when he stops to talk to WNYC's Yasmeen Khan.

He says he was at work in New York City when he got a text saying there had been a shooting at a school in Newtown.

"We actually had a few kids that were on the baseball team that got killed," he said. "It’s just a sad sad thing, you know.”


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The comment left prior to this is one of the most insensitive responses I have ever heard or could imagine. The analogy made is unlike what happened in Newtown, Connecticut. It saddens me even more that people cannot resist the urge to use this forum as a platform for their own personal 'shaming' agendas that have NOTHING to do with the point here. Honestly, you may as well have written, people are killed all over the world so why should this matter... we should all feel guilty - if you want to speak about shame, for allowing the 2nd Amendment to continue to protect people like you and allowing things like this tragedy to continue to happen, and for the abuse of guns generally in this country and especially in our inner cities....
Keep your political and deeply hypocritical beliefs about the righteous church within the community of people who agree with you- the MINORITY of people who care to hear you tell them the brainwashing lies about the soul and forgiveness. Seriously, keep it to yourself generally and especially now.

**WE CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THE CHILDREN AND ALL THE PEOPLE LOST IN NEWTOWN, CT. We have your families and the survivors in our hearts and minds.***

Dec. 16 2012 08:53 AM
Ed from Larchmont

I don't get so excited about these school shootings, as horrific as they are. After all, there is an abortion clinic in the next town where 10-15 children are killed each week. I'm in a degree of mourning all the time.

The national reaction to this tragedy gives me hope that one day we will end abortion.

'Until abortion is eliminated, there is no hope for civilization.' Mother Teresa.

The victims are in the hands of God. ('Do not fear the first death, but the second death (the death of the soul)' - Jesus.)

This was evil breaking into time and space, a person responding, if not mentally ill, to the temptation of evil.

Dec. 16 2012 05:46 AM

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