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VOA慢速英语2012 Education Report - Tragedy at One School, Renewal at Another

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Education Report - Tragedy at One School, Renewal1 at Another

教育报道 - 康涅狄格州发生校园枪击案

From VOA Learning English, this is the Education Report in Special English.


Funerals began this week for the school shooting victims in Newtown, Connecticut. Last Friday a 20-year-old local man killed 20 children, six educators and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Officials say Adam Lanza used guns owned by his mother after shooting her to death at their home.

康涅狄格州纽敦镇校园枪击案受害者的葬礼于本周开始进行。上周五,一名20岁的当地男子在桑迪胡克小学杀害了20名儿童,6名教育工作者后自杀。官员表示,这位名为亚当·兰扎(Adam Lanza)的男子在自己家里枪杀母亲后,使用他母亲拥有的枪支(展开了屠杀)。

The shooting was the second deadliest ever at an American school. In 2007 a student at Virginia Tech killed 32 people and then himself.


What happened in Newtown has once again reopened debate about gun control and issues like mental health services. President Obama spoke3 Sunday at a memorial service in the town. He said he will use whatever power he has as president "in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this."


On Wednesday, he named Vice2 President Joe Biden to lead an administration team in developing proposals to reduce gun violence.

周三他任命副总统乔·拜登(Joe Biden)领导一个政府团队,就减少枪支暴力提出建议。

Students at Sandy Hook Elementary are expected to return to school in a neighboring town in January after winter break. Sandy Hook will remain closed until further notice.


In the gunfire last week, a community lost a school for the most tragic4 of reasons. Days earlier, another community not very far away regained5 a school in a story of hope, renewal and the strength of the human spirit.


Flooding from Hurricane Sandy nearly destroyed Saint Camillus School in the Rockaway area of Queens, in New York City. The Catholic school stands just a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean. The more than 200 students and teachers went to another school while Saint Camillus was closed for six weeks.


Many people remain displaced in the area. But the reopening of the school on December 10 was a victory for the community.


"So good morning boys and girls. 


"Good morning, Sister Agnes!"


Sister Agnes White is principal of Saint Camillus. 

艾格尼丝·怀特(Agnes White)修女是圣卡米勒斯学校的校长。

"We're all together. We're back home, and we are ready to start anew."


Earlier, Sister Agnes gave cut-out paper stars to students to tape anywhere they wanted on the school walls.


"Between now and Christmas, this building should be filled with stars, a symbol of light. We all lost light. We know what it's like to be without light. But now we have light in this building and we need the light that you're going to put up with the stars, a symbol of the light of Jesus Christ."


Parts of the school remain damaged beyond repair. Some students lost their homes as a result of the storm.


School secretary Kerry Montero says the message from Hurricane Sandy is clearest in the many recent acts of kindness.

学校秘书克里·蒙特罗(Kerry Montero)表示,飓风桑迪无疑带来了很多善行。

"It's touching6, you know, the outpouring of help that we've received from everyone. I mean, we've had people from Connecticut, California, Brooklyn, all over the place, coming and helping7 us."



1 renewal UtZyW     
  • Her contract is coming up for renewal in the autumn.她的合同秋天就应该续签了。
  • Easter eggs symbolize the renewal of life.复活蛋象征新生。
2 vice NU0zQ     
  • He guarded himself against vice.他避免染上坏习惯。
  • They are sunk in the depth of vice.他们堕入了罪恶的深渊。
3 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
4 tragic inaw2     
  • The effect of the pollution on the beaches is absolutely tragic.污染海滩后果可悲。
  • Charles was a man doomed to tragic issues.查理是个注定不得善终的人。
5 regained 51ada49e953b830c8bd8fddd6bcd03aa     
复得( regain的过去式和过去分词 ); 赢回; 重回; 复至某地
  • The majority of the people in the world have regained their liberty. 世界上大多数人已重获自由。
  • She hesitated briefly but quickly regained her poise. 她犹豫片刻,但很快恢复了镇静。
6 touching sg6zQ9     
  • It was a touching sight.这是一幅动人的景象。
  • His letter was touching.他的信很感人。
7 helping 2rGzDc     
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
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