Many messages have been shared on Facebook, Twitter, people sending video messages, and pictures to Newtown, but only one town can know the full extent of the emotions that the people and children are feeling. Dunblane, a small Scottish town that still bears the scars of Britain's worst school massacre in the school's gym.


On March 13, 1996, a gunman walked into the gym and shot dead 16 children and their teacher before turning the gun on himself. The story sound familiar as the Newtown story. If you ask around about that day, few residents will speak of the events that unfolded that day.

Natalie Huet writes in a article at Yahoo! 'At the far end of the cemetery on the edge of town, toys, fairies and portraits of smiling children decorate the graves of many of the victims, while small windmills spin in the winter breeze under grey skies.

With Christmas coming again, the pain shared by both cities will be a reminder of what was taken from the families, the schools, the kids, and the town.

Dunblane has tried to move on. The sports hall where the shooting took place has been demolished and the school has been refurbished. However, the U.S. shooting has brought back painful memories.

"A dark cloud came over us," said lifelong Dunblane resident Nancy, who declined to give her surname. "The heaviness, the sorrow. Just disbelief and shock. Our hearts go out to the people of Newtown. It's still very painful and when something happens elsewhere it sort of bubbles up to the surface."


Dunblane has become a quiet town again, and more people are moving to the town with families, like it was, but the cloud comes back when a senseless shooting happens like the one last Friday.