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Fathers Stand Guard Outside Kids' Schools After Newtown Shooting

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Two protective fathers on opposite sides of the country donned their uniforms -- one military, one police -- for off-duty appearances as they accompanied their children to school and stood guard outside the school building this week to help them and other students feel safe.

Maryland police officer Frankie Stephens, 30, decided on Monday that he would accompany his daughter on her first day back at school since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six staff members were fatally gunned down last Friday.

Monday was Stephens' day off, and, dressed in his Cecil County Sheriff's Office uniform, he drove his daughter, 7-year-old Ava Stephens, to Perryville Elementary School in his patrol car.

"Initially, he planned to go and hang out in the parking lot for a little bit, but he decided to hang out and go in at lunchtime and so he had lunch with the first- and second-graders," Stephens' wife, Christie Stephens, said.

"We felt completely helpless when we heard about what had happened [in Connecticut], and here we are sending our kids back to school two days later. He wanted her to get there safely, so he went and he gave his business card to her teacher and the principal. It made us feel better," Christie Stephens added.

On the other side of the country, former Marine Sgt. Craig Pusley stood outside Hughson Elementary School in Hughson, Calif., in his Marine uniform Wednesday morning.

Pusley told ABC News affiliate KXTV that his actions were a direct result of the school shooting in Newtown.

"I'm part of a Marine Corps fraternity, and I started noticing online postings that if Marines stood in front of schools, we never would have had the Connecticut problem," Pusley told KXTV.

Hughson Elementary School Principal Laura Fong said, "He approached me and asked me if it would be OK if he stood in front of our flag pole this morning to make sure our parents and kids felt safe today as they arrived on our campus.

"There's no policy for something like this, but I didn't see why he couldn't stand in front and keep us safe," she told the station.

Pusley, who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan while in the Marine Corps, said he hopes other Marines will follow his lead.

"Whether you're on active duty or not, this is an opportunity to stand up for what you believe in and show America this is what we do," Pusley said.

He said he plans to continue standing guard in front of Hughson Elementary School for the next 30 days.

http://abcnews.go.co...ory?id=18026755

Edit: Then this:

"Pusley was likely copycatting Marine Staff Sgt. Jordan Pritchard, who was recently notified on behalf of the Marine Corps that he was not authorized to wear his uniform in public."

http://www.businessinsider.com/marine-guarding-school-is-an-impostor-2012-12

http://www.businessinsider.com/us-marine-guarding-his-kids-at-school-2012-12

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please just re-name Off Topic to: Threads About Gun Control And Threads About How People React To That One Shooting In Connecticut Last Week

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If there's something else you want to talk about, you're welcome to create a new thread.

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There's about 45 threads going right now that are all about the same topic.

Once I find a topic that's thoroughly morbid enough, I'm sure I'll post it. Christ knows this lot loves to latch onto the teat of tragedy

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Sounds like you're taking this personal.

Maybe Cultimultural Noise is more your speed....

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There's actually not that many threads about this topic. But i guess this one ties in to the main shooting event thread.

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There's about 45 threads going right now that are all about the same topic.

Once I find a topic that's thoroughly morbid enough, I'm sure I'll post it. Christ knows this lot loves to latch onto the teat of tragedy

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There's about 45 threads going right now that are all about the same topic.

Once I find a topic that's thoroughly morbid enough, I'm sure I'll post it. Christ knows this lot loves to latch onto the teat of tragedy

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"This lot"? How about the whole freakin world. If you think that it's just a CDC condition to be attracted to tragedy, you're pretty sorely mistaken.

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Maybe I've just grown out of CDC. White Noise is a bunch of children spamming memes, and Off Topic is a bunch of middle aged people crying over tragedy and discussing traffic tickets, with the occasional atheist rant tossed in.

I guess we could make this more interesting.

Tell me, RUPERT, why do you think you're so attracted to bad news? If you don't think you're attracted to negativity (you are--but for the sake of conversation, we can remove yourself from it), why do you think most people love this negative stuff so much?

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I don't disagree, but I do think there's an important difference.

The difference is that people "in the real world" are obsessed with simply informing each other _about_ tragedy, NOT its causes and how to fix it. "Did you hear a bunch of kids died in wherever!?!" or "turn on CNN, two planes crashed into the WTC!" That's much different than the "problem" with Off Topic.

Around here, many people can seemingly go from topic-to-topic, country-to-country with the remedy for countless social ailments. It's not information sharing, it's snobbery and ignorance tacked on to circumstantial information. The love for negativity is compounded with someone's opinions related to the 'facts,' as if they're one and the same. For how ill-informed and uneducated so many people around here are, you can literally find some extremely passionate opinions coming from the same source, on wildly complex and different issues. How can you guys take each other seriously?

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There's about 45 threads going right now that are all about the same topic.

Once I find a topic that's thoroughly morbid enough, I'm sure I'll post it. Christ knows this lot loves to latch onto the teat of tragedy

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I don't disagree, but I do think there's an important difference.

The difference is that people "in the real world" are obsessed with simply informing each other _about_ tragedy, NOT its causes and how to fix it. "Did you hear a bunch of kids died in wherever!?!" or "turn on CNN, two planes crashed into the WTC!" That's much different than the "problem" with Off Topic.

Around here, many people can seemingly go from topic-to-topic, country-to-country with the remedy for countless social ailments. It's not information sharing, it's snobbery and ignorance tacked on to circumstantial information. The love for negativity is compounded with someone's opinions related to the 'facts,' as if they're one and the same. For how ill-informed and uneducated so many people around here are, you can literally find some extremely passionate opinions coming from the same source, on wildly complex and different issues. How can you guys take each other seriously?

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Maybe I've just grown out of CDC. White Noise is a bunch of children spamming memes, and Off Topic is a bunch of middle aged people crying over tragedy and discussing traffic tickets, with the occasional atheist rant tossed in.

I guess we could make this more interesting.

Tell me, RUPERT, why do you think you're so attracted to bad news? If you don't think you're attracted to negativity (you are--but for the sake of conversation, we can remove yourself from it), why do you think most people love this negative stuff so much?

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I can't speak for anyone else, but this has long been a cause of mine.

The fact is, I hate guns. I understand people who hunt needing rifles and target shooters needing their pistols, but other than that, I don't believe anyone needs a gun. It absolutely baffles me why some people can't grasp the concept of more guns equals more shootings. I also can't figure out why some people feel the need to cling to the "right" to own assault weapons or handguns with removable ammo clips.

Ever since Columbine, I feel that it's incumbent upon me to remind those people who have their eyes closed, ears plugged and are humming "God Bless America" that I told them this would happen.

And you know what? If this latest bit of madness doesn't change the Americans' skewed version of reality, it's going to happen again. Quote me on it.

So I understand how you might be tired of seeing these types of threads, but myself, I'll never get tired of criticizing the gun lobby and it's rhetoric. Not until something changes.

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There's actually not that many threads about this topic. But i guess this one ties in to the main shooting event thread.

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I honestly don't take anyone seriously on CDC. Whether it's attacks, snobbery, ignorance, or people taking things way to seriously (see: Jaw, Glass), I read, take it with a laugh, and move on. It just becomes all the funnier when people start to talk about how bad CDC is, while simultaneously going on CDC on a daily basis. The hypocrisy is just outstanding :lol:

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