Sandy Hook Elementary School
The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School sent a community and nation into mourning, provoked new security measures in schools and left the nation even more deeply divided over the issue of guns.
Washington National Cathedral will host the Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence Thursday, two days before the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that left 20 first graders and six educators dead.
Families of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School say they will be lighting candles in the victims’ memory the night before the shooting’s anniversary.
A week from Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The town, still traumatized by the mass killing, is officially asking the world to stay away.
Recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting show town dispatchers calmly responding to a janitor, a teacher and others and assuring them help is coming.
The Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence will also honor the more than 30,000 Americans who have died from a gunshot since the Newtown massacre, according to the National Cathedral.
A Connecticut Superior Court judge ruled last week that the tapes from the Dec. 14, 2012 massacre should be released to The Associated Press after a lengthy fight over the records that have been withheld by investigators.
The state’s Freedom of Information Commission ruled in September that the recordings should be provided to The Associated Press, but State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III asked for a stay while he appeals that order.
The prosecutor who led the investigation into the Newtown school shooting says it did not determine a motive for the Dec. 14 attack.
The office of the chief state’s attorney said Friday the report will not include the entire evidence file, which runs hundreds of pages.
Officer Tom Bean, who has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and placed on long-term disability, fears he could be fired.
Officer Thomas Bean, a 12-year department veteran, was off-duty when 20-year-old Adam Lanza walked into the school and gunned down six educators and 20 first-graders on Dec. 14, 2012.
Trucks arriving to pick up debris from the partially-demolished building were being met by uniformed guards at the gate leading up to the school Friday.
Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra said small-scale demolition is under way at Sandy Hook and the project will take several weeks.
County Executive Ed Mangano said the county-funded program will provide each school five wireless panic alarms.