Sandy Hook Elementary School

A memorial service is planned Saturday at Riverdale High School for victims of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Jefferson Parish school officials say a willow tree will be planted at the school in ceremonies set for 11 a.m.

Student sentiments about the tragedy, written down on paper, will be attached to green and white balloons and released into the air. The colors are those of Sandy Hook Elementary.

In the wake of the Newtown massacre, where are the school groups lobbying for new gun control laws? At best, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association are defensively protecting schools, as if they are forts, from the encroachment of gun lobbyists and activists who want more guns in schools. Educators know that firearm-free zones, while not perfect, create the best learning environments. Schools and colleges can teach gun advocates that taking a stand doesn’t require a gun.

As the nation continues mourning the killings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, first responders are getting help in coping with what they saw. A Tulane University expert on post-traumatic stress says their colleagues are the best source of help.