“Sandy Hook” was written in for June 14 in the daily planners of countless news editors and producers: a six-month reminder. Time for reflection. Time to take stock. Time to raise the profile of Newtown again. But here in Newtown, people wonder what it would be like to have to be reminded of the tragic events of that December day — to have to pencil something in on a calendar as if the date could escape our memory for a day, or even for an hour.
Two police officers who made emergency responses to the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School were among the first responders who were honored on June 2 in Washington, D.C., at the Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala.
At the event on stage, Brian Stokes Mitchell, a Broadway actor and singer, read a statement concerning Newtown Police Sergeant David Kullgren’s participation in the police response to the incident.
Washington- Having brushed aside efforts to strengthen the nation’s gun laws, Congress has turned its attention toward other issues, including immigration reform and alleged abuses by the IRS and National Security Administration.
But for the families affected by the 12/14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and their neighbors, there is no moving on.
Family members of those killed 12/14, along with elected officials, faith leaders, and other community members, will join together in a day of remembrance and a call to action on Friday, June 14. They will gather at Edmond Town Hall to read the names of victims of gun violence and urge their representatives in Congress to support legislation that would require comprehensive background checks.
For Newtown High School 2012 graduate and current Southern Connecticut State University student Danielle Ford and Newtown Middle School technology education teacher Don Ramsey, June 14 will include “an adventure for a healing community.”
In an impressive display of conscience and consensus, Connecticut’s Legislature passed legislation on the final day of its session Wednesday that will put photographs and other media that lay bare the graphic and gruesome details of the 12/14 massacre at Sandy Hook School beyond the reach of those employing the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to secure their release. With only four dissenters in both chambers, the state Senate and House voted to exempt these materials not only in the Sandy Hook case, but for all homicides in the state.
Newtown High School Art Club members recently oversaw the design and construction of a mosaic created in response to the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School. By Tuesday, May 27, members of the club proudly held up the completed work during a club meeting.
“It helped to do something to remember it,” said club member Halle Wilson.
The Connecticut General Assembly’s annual session is ending Wednesday as it began, with a focus on the grieving families of Newtown, who pleaded for legislation that might give solace. And once again, lawmakers found it impossible to deny them.