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Members of Congress and other leaders in the education community have also expressed their condolences for the victims.

“I am horrified and deeply saddened to learn of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My prayers are with the victims, their fellow students and families, and the community of Newtown, Connecticut,” said House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, Minnesota Republican.

National Education Association President Dennis van Roekel promised his labor union will be available to help in any way possible.

“We join the Newtown community and our entire nation in mourning the deaths of innocent children and educators due to violence. As members of the education community, we extend our deepest sympathies to members of the [Connecticut chapter of the American Federation of Teachers] who have lost friends and colleagues. We are deeply concerned for everyone in the Newtown community,” he said in a statement.

Several groups have begun to assist in the long, difficult healing process the people of Newtown must go through. The National Parent Teacher Association is offering help, including resources for students, families, teachers and others in dealing with the horror of Friday’s events.

“A traumatic event like that of this morning affects the entire community, especially the families and friends of the victims. This can be an emotional time, and it’s important for people affected by this tragedy to connect with and support each other,” said organization President Betsy Landers.