Friday, January 18, 2013
Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison joins other sheriffs across the country in heavily criticizing President Barack Obama's executive orders tightening gun restrictions.
Editor's note: the following is an opinion written by Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison. It does not in any way reflect the views and opinions of Patch. In the aftermath of the recent criminal events, the president, vice-president and many members of Congress are attempting to exploit the deaths of innocent victims by attempting to enact laws, restrictions; and, even through use of executive orders, prevent law-abiding American citizens from possessing certain firearms and ammunition magazines. As the duly-elected sheriff of Cherokee County, I want you to know and understand my position on this issue. I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. In Georgia, as in most states, sheriffs are elected constitutional officers. Duly …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Increased police presence at local schools will become part of everyday operations in wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy.
Teacher Talks Down Student With Gun –Huffington Post, Jan. 10 Lockdown at Elementary and Middle School Draws Ire from Parents - Snellville Patch, Jan. 9. Despite the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre occurring a month ago, area school districts aren't quite ready to return to a sense of normalcy. School districts continue to implement forms of heightened security in the tragedy's aftermath. Both Bartow County Schools and Cartersville City schools continued with its increased police presence on their campuses when their second semester got underway earlier this week. Cartersville Police Capt. Mark Camp said officers will continue patrolling city schools and surrounding areas for the remainder of the school year. Also, three school …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The company suspended the sales chainwide, and removed all guns from sale and display at its store closest to Newtown, CT.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Dick's Sporting Goods has suspended the sale of modern sporting rifles in all of its stores chainwide, the company announced on its website. This includes the Dick's store in Canton off of Cumming Highway. In a story first reported on CNN, the company made the decision in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, CT, that left 20 children and 6 school staff members dead. "We are extremely saddened by the unspeakable tragedy that occurred last week in Newtown, CT, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and to the entire community," company officials announced on the website. "Out of respect for the victims and their families, during this time of national mourning we have removed all guns from sale and from display in …
Monday, December 17, 2012
In the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, more law enforcement officers will patrol Cherokee County schools.
The Cherokee County School District has informed parents that it will work with local law enforcement agencies to provide enhanced protection at each one of its school campuses. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo sent home a letter Monday afternoon to parents informing them of the district's plans to coordinate with its district School Police Department, the Cherokee County Sheriff's office and city police agencies in Cherokee County to station officers and deputies in and around district schools. He also notified parents of the district's measures to prevent a tragedy similar to Friday's Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings from occuring in Cherokee County. See the attached .PDF to read the letter.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
An expert shares advice for parents who are trying to explain the Newtown school shooting to their kids.
In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy, parents are wondering what to tell their children about what happened and how to help them process what they may be hearing from friends, on television and via social media. Lauren Hutchinson, LMFT is a child and family therapist and parenting consultant with a practice in Bellevue, WA. She says step one for parents is to “turn off the TV”. “We don’t want to have the TV playing in the background all the time. It isn’t helpful and the news is traumatizing for kids to watch.” For kids age seven and younger Hutchinson says, “you want to shield them from the media coverage completely and parents should not initiate a conversation about the event because kids this age cannot make sense of…