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Justice Dept. gives Newtown a $7.1 million victim of crime grant

Washington – A year and a half after the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Justice Department has given the town of Newtown a $7.1 million grant to support victims and their families, first  responders, and community members. This is the latest of several federal grants the town has received to cope with the aftermath of the shooting, which killed 20 first-graders and six educators at the school. Last year, Newtown  received a $1.5 million grant from the Office for Victims of Crime and the Newtown Public School District  has received $3.2 million through the U.S. Department of Education’s School Emergency Response to Violence program. The latest grant also comes the Office for Victims of Crime. A statement from members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation said the money would be used to support victim services — including mental health services –with a portion reserved for school safety efforts. Continue Reading →

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