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Brainerd School District confident in safety


Little more than one week has passed since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 people — 20 of them children – dead. The shock and evil behind it seems to have forced many to ask and wonder why.

Why did the shooter, identified as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, do this?

Why do these things happen?

And why should our children have to be afraid to go to school with the potential of this happening anywhere?

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Jessi Pierce
Born: 9/28/1987 (age 24) High School: Mahtomedi High School (home of the Zephyrs) in Mahtomedi, Minn. College: Journalism and Mass Communications degree from Iowa State University (Class 2010) Passions: Sharing the story. I love getting to know people, and in particular this town as it is so new to me, and being able to share something about them with the public. That and sports, especially hockey and lacrosse. Follow me on Twitter @jessi_pierce (views on Twitter do not represent that of the Brainerd Dispatch)
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