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Newtown Superintendent to Speak at U.S. Senate Hearing

Janet Robinson will be among a panel of speakers who will discuss ways to prevent future gun violence.


Newtown Superintendent of Schools Dr. Janet Robinson is among a panel of speakers who will testify during a Democratic Steering & Policy Committee Hearing on Wednesday.

The hearing, called "Gun Violence Prevention: A Call to Action," is being held by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. The hearing will discuss what can be done to prevent future gun violence and learn from the wide range of experience and expertise presented by the invited panelists.

In addition to Robinson, panelists include:

  • Michael A. Nutter, Mayor, City of Philadelphia
  • Scott Knight, Chief of Police, City of Chaska, Minnesota and Former Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Firearms Committee
  • Ms. Emily Nottingham, Mother of Gabe Zimmerman

The hearing will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m.

Others who will participate include Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Co-Chair, Democratic Steering & Policy Committee; Congressman Rob Andrews, Co-Chair, Democratic Steering & Policy Committee; Mike Thompson, Chair, Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention; Members, Democratic Steering & Policy Committee, Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention.

Robinson will be speaking about a month after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which 20 students and six educators were gunned down.

Dart January 13, 2013 at 02:14 PM
So far, no one has definitely stated that Lanza was diagnosed with anything including "mental illness", and no one knows for sure what, if any medication he was on over the past few years. Schools don't diagnose illness or recommend drugs (at least not in Newtown in my personal experience). It is clear that you and your organization have an agenda, but it is not helpful for you to try to turn all these comment threads to suit your own agenda.
Sheila January 13, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Dear long time resident, Considering that Chris Murphy at this very moment is live in front of your town hall calling for more mental health and gun control without any completed investigative information on the killer is clear that these questions must be answer before Chris Murphy calls for more mental health and gun control. We already know that Adam had contact with the mental health industry. Ablechild.org organization has over 13 years experience on informed consent and worked on school shootings from VA tech all the way up through to this one. I am a member of the Connecticut Behavioral Health Oversight Committee. Ablechild's work was featured Diane Sawyer's one year long investigative report on the drugging of foster children in CT. Our non profit mission is informed consent. We are not funded by the government or special interest groups; we are funded by parents across the Country. Chris Murphy, as a State Representative, is hindering this investigation by misleading the public in saying Adam Lanza would have had difficultly accessing mental health, which is not accurate. Our only agenda is to protect children.
Steven DeVaux January 13, 2013 at 02:38 PM
The failure of school social workers is legendary. They miss far more than they fix and provide no protection to students. Bullying is a prime example that leads to violence yet they they are impotent when it comes to securing the protection of the bullied student, parents, teachers and administration. If they belong anywhere it would be in the law enforcement arms, not the schools. The job of schools is to educate. It is the job of parents to guide social growth and interactions.
Steven DeVaux January 13, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Could it be that school social workers failed over a period of 10 years and simply wanted the problem to go away as they couldn't provide a solution?
Steven DeVaux January 13, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Shiela, The demands for release of Adam Lanza's school records and notes should go to the Newtown Board of Education as they are the custodian of those records.
Sheila January 13, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Records are sealed within the investigation and we have reason to believe there are probate documents with the treating psychiatrist's name on them. That is the questions the lawmakers from both political parties should be asking for in front of town hall. Show us the records, so we as the public can formulate well informed legislation that will actually impact stopping these mass murders.
yoda January 13, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Dave, It's called resolving the problem EFFECTIVELY, thus preventing it from happening again.
Thomas Crafts January 13, 2013 at 03:05 PM
These records will never be released. They would indicate multiple failures on the part of the school system and the government to deal with Lanza. Multiple opportunities, multiple failures, not the message that the powers that be want out there. They want the gun confiscation message, and that is what we will have.
Sd January 13, 2013 at 03:11 PM
thomas crafts, whether or not one agrees with your point of view, it's refreshing to see you express a point of view that is thoughtful and not thoughtless and crass. thank you.
Don Ramsey January 13, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Instruments are an extension of the hands and hands are an extension of the heart (for better or worse)...
Vincent January 13, 2013 at 04:03 PM
The other big question is "Where is the Father in all this???? Why hasn't he been brought front and center on the subject of Adam??? It should be demanded by All for Adam Lanza's records (school and Medical) be opened and made known, this horrific act nullifies any confidentially in regard to him and/or the parents.
Paul Alexander January 13, 2013 at 04:46 PM
What in the CV of either Robinson or Llodra qualifies them to testify on this issue to the local Chamber of Commerce much less the US Senate?
Paul Alexander January 13, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Fire Robinson. Hire Vorous.
Why? January 13, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Can we please stop pointing fingers and blaming anyone and everything. Janet Robinson is totally capable of bringing the heart of this issue to Washington tomorrow. She has proudly, along with our other elected officials, represented this community to the world with dignity and resolve. There, unfortunately, will be many trips to Washington, and more than a few people both public and private will be on stage for the world to see. Can we just get behind them, instead of exposing the disappointing voice of blaming that continues to surface. If the families of Sandy Hook, that have lost so much can do that, surely the rest of you can do it too.
tiredofthehypocrisy January 13, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I would MUCH rather see Pat Llodra represent our town. Rather than having a woman who can't represent our schools properly and has angered at least three quarters of the town... She's supposed to be capable of representing our Constitutional rights?!?!?! Ummm... Who's behind this? Who chose Robinson?
onceuponanewtown January 13, 2013 at 06:01 PM
They should demand all of the records from those years. I don't endorse her to speak on my behalf (I object actually) and quite frankly she has other more important matters she is supposed to be managing. She is trying to avoid the inevitable - facing and taking accountability for her inaction, inadequate and poor handling of our school district.
onceuponanewtown January 13, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Sadly I am afraid you are probably correct! Will it truly prevent future violence in our communities? We need answers first!
Kathleen G January 13, 2013 at 07:11 PM
We cannot hold Adams father responsible or accountable for his former and deceased wife's choice of owning and keeping firearms in her house or his son's mental problems. The idea of prevention is paramount here. We cannot know all that his family went through or did to treat his son's problems and we should not be allowed to access all of Adam's records. I am a therapist and people are entitled to privacy is some matters. The bottom line is Adam had access to multiple GUNS and was TRAINED in how to use them. NO ACCESS TO GUNS=NO MASSACRE. PERIOD.
Teacher and Parent January 13, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Sorry, Sheila your information is wrong. Schools cannot diagnose an illness, even mental illness. They cannot recommend medication, or even tell a parent to take their child to a doctor. Student records cannot be released without parent permission. Please find a new scapegoat for your theory and leave the grieving school system alone.
PC January 13, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Good comment, Vincent. I too have wondered where the father is in this? How much contact did he have with his son the past few years? Did he care about his child's health and welfare?
Susan January 13, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Chris Murphy is not a State Representative - he is a US Senator.
Sheila January 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Correction: Yes Chris Murphy is a US Senator. Ablechild.org worked on CT State level for many years on the drugging of foster care children and medicaid fraud that stemmed our contribution to the Diane Sawyer investigation. My bad, I remember him as a State Representative. Ablechild brought evidence to then Attorney Richard Blumenthal on the deadly side effects of psychiatric drugs that were being used on children in State care. Richard Blumenthal, Senator now seems to have forgotten all that. Both are just men, who put their shoes on like we all do. They are accountable to us and shouldn't be stupid enough to promote legislation without the investigation completed. But I stand corrected.
Bruce Walczak TheNewtownRooster.com January 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM
I feel all our elected officials and the school staff have done an outstanding job. We owe them our support. Lets move forward, rather than dwelling on the past. This can and must be a new chapter in Newtown working together and supporting each other.
dave January 15, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Here, here Kathleen G. Well said.
Michael Cragin January 15, 2013 at 01:14 PM
i dont care how many......REASONS..you can come up with on why this happened etc.........This time...the President....Gov Cuomo.and then Gov Malloy..and other states will follow...WILL MAKE CHANGES...the fearful white assualt rifle advocates...will have to ward off ....evil.....with other guns.....Its about dam time to stop such insanity....
Vincent January 15, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Kathleen, I do agree that the mother is the one most at fault and extremely negligent but, I have said this in other recent comments and months prior in regard to other recent shootings, there needs to be accountablity. By that I mean, there needs to be a database created to regester anyone deemed mentally unstable or having any mentall issues of a malicious or violent nature and in need of medication to level them off in order to function in soceity/ walk amoung us. If any families with someone having mental issues of that nature and or the medical professionals treating said persons refuse to register that person all parties will be answerable to and accountable for that persons actions just as we as parents are answerable and accountable for the actions of our children. This database registering would be done through a court and only accessable by law inforcement. As long as this is done all parties will be for the most part not be held liable unles Extreme neglegence is determined. Addressing gun control is a small part, it only addresses guns bought by legally.
Jimmy Pursey January 15, 2013 at 08:20 PM
If we need an expert about woodchippers we'll let you know, Thomas.
Sheila January 15, 2013 at 10:33 PM
hum, interesting concept a database diagnosing all Americans Mentally Ill or not. This doesn't pass the sniff test. Here's an idea why not finished the mass murder investigation and look at all the facts, like the pharmacy report, the toxicology report, the IEP and school records. Let's see where the school system, the drug companies and the psychiatric industry fit into Adam's path, before we overturn the Constitution. Ablechild.org
Vincent January 16, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Sheila, maybe you should read all the words before you comment. WHERE do I say that a database is doing the diagnosing???? It's people like yourself that for whatever reason want to take what someone said and twist it around. WHO are you trying to protect??? I SAID The information on the database would be provided by the family members and the medical professionals (psycologist's and psychiatrist's) in a court room so as to make sure that information provided is done so legally and under oath. What were the reasons for his mother pulling him out of school several times and home school him?? Were there any issues with this kid in elementary & high school in rewgard to his ability to socializing with the other students? Is that why she took him out? Were there problems that the school was aware of? If so where are the social workwers reports? His state of mind that propeled him to do what he did didn't come about all of a sudden. Many people had to have known of his state of mind, his father and others close bare some responsibility. How many knew something was wrong with him and how the mother was dealing with him, yet they stood by and said and did nothing. That is going to be a terrible and heavy burden to have to deal with.
Sheila January 16, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Vincent, thanks for your questions, we have them as well regarding all the psychiatric reports, pharma reports, school records, etc. ablechild.org mission is informed consent. Our mission is to protect children and parents from being forced into psychiatric services and psychiatric products. you are welcome to visit our website. Our goal is to protect children. We oppose a mental health database that sorts the America people out by psychiatric disorders. We oppose the psychiatric industry becoming our government.

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