How did a community react after 12/14, what photographer Robert Carley calls “one of the most senseless, gruesome, and evil acts in American history”? Makeshift memorials of angels, crosses, flowers, doves, banners etc were all created to help grieving citizens cope in the aftermath of a national tragedy.
HARTFORD — With a deadline fast approaching, a Connecticut task force charged with reviewing ways to balance victim privacy with the public’s right to know on Wednesday began discussing proposals offered by members, some hoping to reach a consensus on what to recommend to the General Assembly.
Freelance writer and communications consultant Sharon Cohen has self-published Newtown: Moving Forward, A Community Faces the Future After Adversity. The book describes and highlights approximately 75 local organizations that were created in the aftermath of 12/14. Ms Cohen received her first batch of the books on Monday, November 25, and planned to have them in stores by the end of the week.
As the people of Newtown prepared for their Thanksgiving celebrations this week, the community once again found itself in the spotlight. This time, the nation’s attention was drawn to the release on Monday of a long-anticipated report by the state’s attorney investigating the 12/14 shootings at the Sandy Hook School — the event for which no one gives thanks.
New York-based Tuesday's Children, which was established to foster longterm healing in families directly impacted by the events of 9/11, has announced its support for The Resiliency Center of Newtown. RCN was established to help the Newtown community cope with the event of 12/14. The Resiliency Center of Newtown will be the first outside organization Tuesday’s Children will aid with funding and this direction.
First Selectman Pat Llodra was among a number of officials issuing brief reactions in the wake of the state's attorney's report on the 12/14 tragedy.
Mrs Llodra observed that "much of the detail in the report is presented in such a factual, neutral way that it almost felt unreal, sanitized somehow, and not really a telling of the horror that unfolded on that awful day."
The first selectman said the document for the most part offered few new insights for her, until she came to the parts that shed some light on the person of Adam Lanza, and of his mother Nancy Lanza.
Although it is clear that the 20-year-old local man who shot and killed 26 people at Sandy Hook School on December 14, 2012, had “significant mental health issues” and had “an obsession with mass murders, in particular the Columbine shootings,” a motive for Adam Lanza’s horrific actions has not been established, according to a prosecutor’s summary report on the incident.
Since the morning of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, “Truthers” and other conspiracy theorists have tried to put their own spin on the events that happened at the school. Among the biggest questions that have been raised in the past year is whether the shooter acted alone. The state’s attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury says Yes.
The gun industry's national trade association and lobbying organization considered moving its offices from Newtown after last year’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the president and CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.