A massacre in the town of Newtown Conneticut in the US, left 20 children and 6 adults dead The shooting took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School. When the headteacher left a school assembly to investigate the sound of gunfire, together with her deputy and a school psychologist ,she was killed by the gunman. Teachers in other areas of the school helped children into cupboards to protect them from the onslaught. The teachers were members of the American Federation of Teachers local, which is co-ordintating grief counselling. A silent vigil took place outside the White House demanding gun control. Over 10,000 people are killed by hand guns every year and eight children  every day in the US. We send our heartfelt solidarity to the whole school community in Newtown and to the union local.