"The story is over. The families are burying their loved ones. Please leave our towns."
These were the sentiments of State Representative DebraLee Hovey during a Capital memorial service December 19, but they represent the comments of a growing throng of Newtown residents, merchants and officials, as well as a number of survivors who have contacted The Bee in the days since the Sandy Hook School rampage.
An early online report from the scene at the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School quoted a woman who identified herself to our reporter as the principal of the school. The woman was not the school's principal, Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the Friday morning attack. The quote was removed from subsequent online versions of the story, but the original story did remain in our online archive for three days before being deleted.
The holiday season had already settled over Newtown like a snow globe, and the spirited center of Sandy Hook glittered with lights and bubbled with good cheer. Then on Friday morning a young man filled with anger and trouble, armed beyond reason, took deadly aim at Sandy Hook’s true heart — its elementary school. The violence wrought in the next several minutes left 26 dead, mostly 6- and 7-year-olds and several of the adults who tried to protect them. The scale and the horror of the crime still outpaces our capacity to understand it.
Feeling the overwhelming need to take action to help their friends and neighbors, a group of Newtown parents has formed the My Sandy Hook Family Fund (www.MySandyHookFamilyFund.com). This group is made up of the parents of the children who survived. They are the classmates, friends, coaches and neighbors of the victims of Friday’s massacre.
State and Newtown police, ambulance, and emergency response personnel responded to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shortly after 9:30 am, Friday, following reports of a shooting. One child was carried from the school by a police officer, apparently seriously wounded.
The other children in the school are exiting the school under state police protection.
All of Newtown's schools are in lockdown, and the private schools have in town have been notified of an alleged shooting being reported at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
State and Newtown police, ambulance, and emergency response personnel responded to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shortly after 9:30 am, Friday, following reports of a shooting. One child was carried from the school by a police officer, apparently seriously wounded. Other injuries are reported, and emergency personnel have set up triage facilities.
The other children in the school exited school under state police protection.
All of Newtown's schools are in lockdown, and the private schools in town have been notified of the alleged shooting.
Newtown was stunned with disbelief and then shattered with grief Friday as few tragic details of a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School filtered out through authorities.
After parents and a gathering media corps waited for hours for some official word on shootings, Newtown Police and Connecticut State Police conducted a brief press conference at nearby Treadwell Park in the early afternoon to announce that the as-yet unidentified shooter was dead at the school.
FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism has announced the opening of the Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program, a fund set up in honor of Josephine (Joey) Gay, one of the victims of 12/14.
Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program provides grants to families in Newtown that need financial assistance for their family member living with autism. The Flutie Foundation anticipates offering two grant cycles per year through Joey’s Fund with plans to expand the geographic focus in future grant cycles.