Thanks to my colleague, Julia Malakie, for this incredible shot
Tragedy spurs Dracut girl's quest for safer schools
Scared and saddened by the horrific elementary-school massacre in Connecticut, Vera McDermott is not returning to her fifth-grade classes at Englesby Intermediate School in Dracut until at least after New Year's. Until then, the Dracut 10-year-old is working on what she hopes will be the most important homework assignment of her, her three younger siblings and millions of other American students' lives.
Vera, with help from her father, Tony McDermott, has created a website, www.wedemandsafeschools.com, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/WeDemandSafeSchools, asking visitors to sign an online petition that will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education demanding enhanced physical security at each school-building entrance in the United States.