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    Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes

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    27 tea lights instead of birthday candles


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     jenjimbo says instead of celebrating his birthday with pie and birthday candles, her 12-year-old son decided that he wanted to pay tribute to the victims of the Newtown school shooting. 'It was his decision,' she said. 'He said he wanted to do something to honor those victims and I said I had 27 tea lights, so we lit those.'

    She said when she first heard the news of the shooting she cried. 'I couldn't wait for the moment to pick my kids up from school. I couldn't get there fast enough to hug them and kiss them,' she said. Being a mother of a 12-year-old and a kindergartner, she says something like this really hits home. She says her son's class spoke about the school shooting, but she says it is still hard to talk about these incidents with children.

    'It is hard to explain to kids what is going on, and to explain that there are some people out there that are bad, but to also tell them "you are safe in your home and school is safe," and you just have to keep reiterating that,' she said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Instead of lighting 12 birthday candles for our son's birthday we lit 27 tea lights to remember those lost yesterday.

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