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Police Tell News Photographer from Belgium to Go Home

Monroe police remain vigilant in protecting Sandy Hook Elementary School families and staff from intrusions following the fatal shooting in Newtown last month.

It's been one month since the tragic shooting in Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary School students have been taking classes at 375 Fan Hill Road in Monroe for over a week, but some members of the news media are still trying to take pictures of children at the school. 

On Thursday, a woman from Belgium's VBN Television was seen setting up a camera on a tripod in the Fawn Hollow Elementary School parking lot in an attempt to take photos of Sandy Hook Elementary School across the driveway. Police gave her a verbal warning and sent her on her way.

Ever since it was announced that Sandy Hook students would attend classes in the former Chalk Hill School building in Monroe, police have secured the campus from members of the national and international media.

During a Monroe Police Commission meeting this week, Chief John Salvatore and Capt. Michael Flick told commissioners that camera crews from as far away as Turkey, England and France have either been ticketed or turned away with verbal warnings.

In one case, they said a French reporter tried to create a diversion, so her photographer could sneak past an officer. Needless to say, the strategy didn't work.

Eric Paradis January 19, 2013 at 01:51 AM
A special thanks to the Monroe PD for helping our children, my daughter, attempt a return to school and helping them move forward.
Sola January 19, 2013 at 01:40 PM
If they took pictures from the street nothing could be done about it.
Gail Lovorn January 19, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Thank you Monroe PD for going the extra step to keep those who want a picture and a story away from these precious children who have been through enough!
Darrell January 20, 2013 at 01:46 AM
We should find out where these reporters are staying and ask hotels to not rent to them anymore. Do that for any hotel they move to. If they don't have a place to stay maybe they will go home.
Sola January 20, 2013 at 05:26 PM
That would never happen. Lodging cannot be denied just because somebody is a reporter.
Darrell January 21, 2013 at 01:51 AM
You can refuse service for any reason.
Sola January 21, 2013 at 11:08 PM
You cannot refuse service for ANY reason.
Darrell January 22, 2013 at 03:14 AM
What law says you can't?
griffmike28 January 23, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Can I ask what the media crews were charged with? Does operating a camera or asking a question on public property constitute any sort of crime or violation?
Darrell January 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM
They were not charged or arrested. Only thing they were guilty of was being a scum bucket. Fortunately form them that in its self is not against the law.
John Livermore January 28, 2013 at 03:45 PM
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed THIS WILL NOT BE INFRINGED! EVER! READ THE LAWS OF THE LAND!
John Livermore January 28, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Yup, nothing should have been done about this. This is a breach of yet another of our Constitution.
Darrell January 29, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Um John if you are done with your soapbox you may way to read the article. It has nothing to do with gun control.

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