Community's Discussion on Sandy Hook Fate Continues Tonight

Town officials will host the second meeting to solicit input from the community this evening at Newtown High School.


Newtown officials will continue the ongoing discussion Friday night about what to do with the Sandy Hook Elementary School building in the wake of the Dec. 14 shooting that took the lives of 20 children and six adults -- and once again, community members are welcome to join the conversation.

The discussion will take place in Newtown High School's lecture hall from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. As with Sunday's community meeting, First Selectman Pat Llodra and other town and school officials, including members of the Legislative Council and Board of Education, will be in attendance.

Sunday's forum revolved around the possibility of ever allowing children to return to the elementary school. Some parents said their children were in favor of coming back someday, and some former students agreed.

"If you were to knock the school down, we'd be preventing future children from experiencing the same memories," said NHS student Mergim Bajralin, who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School. "I don't think one psychopath, who I refuse to name, should be able to ruin this for us."

Other parents said their children could never go back.

"My wish would be to knock it down and have some sort of a memorial, and have the Sandy Hook children be together in another school," said Sandy Hook parent Stephanie Carson.

Other voices have called for the building to be used for a variety of purposes -- from a senior center to a peace institute -- and parents have used the opportunity to firmly oppose redistricting that could tear Sandy Hook parents apart. (The Newtown Board of Education responded to concerns Tuesday with a resolution promising to do everything possible to keep Sandy Hook families together.)

Meanwhile, the school remains closed as Sandy Hook students attend Chalk Hill School in Monroe.

Sandyhook resident 4 ever! January 18, 2013 at 01:12 PM
I believe the number of parents and students that would not feel comfortable entering the building again out numbers the ones that would. No amount of remodeling will ease people's emotions. As for the comments saying students should be able to go back and experience the great memories others have from attending S.H.E.S. That can still happen! The building does not make the school! The teachers and students make the school keep everyone together and the same great memories can and will be made in a new school!
annehobson January 18, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Please raze the SH school; and let the children have input for renaming the one they are currently attending ! The "old" name is too devastating !!! a hobson
biondi family January 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Make the school a memorial and dislplay photos and memories of the victims life stories. if we can make statues of heroes certainly these children and teachers should be remembered in life size marble. Also as part of the memorial, the progress of the movement of making our schools and children safer. Don't demolish the school but don't make kids go back. They deserve a fresh new start at a new school still altogether among friends. I think the streets should all be renamed after those children and teachers.
P Celtic January 22, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Hard to find an example of where they did not go back to the school. This is nothing new under the sun. Look up Bath, MI 1927 or Dunblane Scotland '96 just to start. What is right is not always what is easiest. Say it however you want, the shooter will be adding something else to his tally. Most of the children want to go back from what I can tell. I know, children do not make the decisions. Give the others alternatives. My child was very close to the epicenter. Also, how about waiting until the families and town decide before you weigh in. It feels like people are in your house telling you how they are going to remodel and you have not even decided to put it on the market. Llodra said it was where it is or Fairfield Hills. So to make some feel better now we are going to take a local school away from future generations of Sandy Hook residence? You can't make it look different enough? It is next to a fire house on a level private lot, sounds like what you would start out looking for and settle for less in the end, but we already have it. Razing the school will not make it go away. And I hear "don't brand the kids with that" - do you feel the students of Columbine are branded, my what a neighborly sentiment - does not sound like choosing love to me. Should we change the district's name? All sound like icing on the cake for the next person thinking of a heinous act somewhere. I have mixed feelings on a big memorials though I am sure the shooter would be for it.


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