LAS VEGAS — Samantha Mintz was a kindergartener at a Las Vegas elementary school when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Despite the large geographic distance, the news of this monstrous act deeply affected the bright, sensitive child and permeated her thoughts for six months. The sound of her school fire alarm made her freeze up in fear for her life.
“She took it really hard,” said Chani Mintz, mom to Samantha, now 9. “This is the first year since the shooting that she doesn’t cry and break down when an alarm goes off.”
Now in third grade, Samantha’s fears were again exacerbated by the recent surge in anti-Semitism across the nation, including bomb threats to the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada and swastika graffiti at a Las Vegas synagogue. … Read full article in DAVID Magazine.
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