Obama School Shooting Proclamation: Flags To Be Flown At Half-Staff After Newtown Massacre

President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House, public buildings, grounds and military facilities to be flown at half-staff in the wake of a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Friday.

The Associated Press reports that 27 were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School -- including 18 children. More were wounded.

A picture from the U.S. Capitol Twitter feed:

Obama's entire proclamation:

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, December 18, 2012. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the Newtown, Conn. school shooting happened on Thursday instead of Friday. We regret the error.



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