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Education Minnesota responds to school tragedy in Connecticut

Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher released the following statement on the shootings that killed 27 people, 20 of them students, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut today.

"The condolences of Minnesota's educators go out to the victims and their families," Dooher said. "This attack at an elementary school was vicious and shocking - and for everyone who works in a school, profoundly disturbing."

"All Minnesota schools are required to have a crisis response plan and we encourage our districts to review them in light of this tragedy," he said. "We also encourage Minnesota parents to take some extra time to talk with their children about what happened."

After the rampage, the suspect, a 20-year-old man whose mother was a teacher at the school, killed himself.

As a sign of respect for the victims of the shooting, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has signed a proclamation ordering all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset from today, Friday, December 14, until Tuesday, December 18, 2012.