It started with a Patch reader's humble suggestion: turn out your Christmas lights tonight to mourn the loss of children and adults in today's tragic shooting in .
Wrote Sharron on the San Carlos Patch Facebook page:
A nationwide blackout of all Christmas lights tonight to show sympathy for those in CT whose holidays & lives have been shattered. Would you be willing to post this idea? So many families in San Carlos have small children. I think a lot of people would be willing to do this. I thought it was a lovely idea and the least we could do.
Now, in the face of shock and overwhelming grief, some Bay Area elected officials are echoing the call.
"I think it’s a very appropriate and honorable gesture during these very challenging times for the families at Sandy Hook Elementary School," said Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), noting that he has two young daughters. He will spend tonight "mourning the loss of our young children."
“The holidays are a time when we hold our families closest and it is impossible to understand the acts that have taken place today in Connecticut," said Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay). "My thoughts and compassion go out to the victims and their families, and I ask that we all take this time remember those who are important to us.”
Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-Menlo Park) and Belmont City Councilmember Coralin Feierbach have also endorsed the call to put out the lights tonight.
But Napa Valley Patch readers posting on Facebook are divided: Some say they'll turn their lights out and many are sharing the idea, while others have posted comments like Patrick Rooney's:
Christmas is mostly for children. Do we really need to remind them of this horrifying event by blacking out the lights? Please let children keep their innocence and joy during this season.
Will you put out your Christmas lights tonight? Tell us in the comments. To spread the word, share this story on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #lightsout.
Stay Patched in! Follow Napa Valley Patch on Twitter | Like Napa Valley Patch on Facebook | Sign up for the daily email with links to the latest news | Got something to say? Start a blog and share your views.