Newtown, CT: Year anniversary of the tragic and deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
A community, a nation, and a globe remember the year anniversary of the tragic and deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
At around 9:30am ET on Friday, December 14th, 2012, a gunman who was identified by law enforcement officials as 20 year old Adam Lanza open fired inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School killing at least 26 people including 20 children.
According to Law enforcement officials, all of the adults that were shot and killed were women and as for the 20 children including 12 girls and 8 boys.
On Saturday, December 15th, 2012, law enforcement officials released the identities of the victims in the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
** The following is the names who lives were tragically taken away in Friday morning’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut: **
– 6 year old Charlotte Bacon
– 6 year old Olivia Engel
– 6 year old Dylan Hockley
– 6 year old Ana Marquez-Greene
– 6 year old Madeline Hsu
– 6 year old Catherine Hubbard
– 6 year old Jesse Lewis
– 6 year old James Mattioli
– 6 year old Emilie Parker
– 6 year old Jack Pinto
– 6 year old Noah Pozner
– 6 year old Caroline Previdi
– 6 year old Jessica Rekos
– 6 year old Avielle Richman
– 6 year old Benjamin Wheeler
– 6 year old Allison Wyatt
– 7 year old Daniel Barden
– 7 year old Josephine Gay
– 7 year old Chase Kowalski
– 7 year old Grace McDonnell
– 27 year old Victoria Soto
– 29 year old Rachel Davino
– 30 year old Lauren Russeau
– 47 year old Dawn Hocksprung
– 52 year old Anne Marie Murphy
– 52 year old Nancy Lanza
– 56 year old Mary Sherlach
Earlier that Friday morning, Adam Lanza killed his mother identified by law enforcement officials as 52 year old Nancy Lanza before taking her car and began driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School then opening fired on kids and adults.
Adam Lanza would later kill himself inside of a classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
On the year anniversary and a day after another shooting at Arapahoe High School Shooting in Centennial, Colorado last Friday, many will pause and reflect on the 26 people including 20 children who lost their lives that day and what this and shootings like this says about the United States of America on the matters of guns, mental health, and the human spirit.
Church bells in Newtown, Connecticut on Saturday reportedly rang 26 times for each of the victims marking the year anniversary of the tragic and deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
United States President Barack Obama called on Americans to help prevent future violence in a radio address on the tragedy.
In his radio address, United States President Barack Obama said the following:
“One year ago today, a quiet, peaceful town was shattered by unspeakable violence. Six dedicated school workers and 20 beautiful children were taken from our lives forever. As parents, as Americans, the news filled us with grief. Newtown is a town like so many of our hometowns. The victims were educators and kids that could have been any of our own. And our hearts were broken for the families that lost a piece of their heart; for the communities changed forever; for the survivors, so young, whose innocence was torn away far too soon.
But beneath the sadness, we also felt a sense of resolve – that these tragedies must end, and that to end them, we must change. From the very beginning, our efforts were led by the parents of Newtown – men and women, impossibly brave, who stepped forward in the hopes that they might spare others their heartbreak. And they were joined by millions of Americans – mothers and fathers; sisters and brothers – who refused to accept these acts of violence as somehow inevitable. Over the past year, their voices have sustained us. And their example has inspired us – to be better parents and better neighbors; to give our children everything they need to face the world without fear; to meet our responsibilities not just to our own families, but to our communities. More than the tragedy itself, that’s how Newtown will be remembered. And on this anniversary of a day we will never forget, that’s the example we should continue to follow. Because we haven’t yet done enough to make our communities and our country safer. We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds. We have to do everything we can to protect our children from harm and make them feel loved, and valued, and cared for. And as we do, we can’t lose sight of the fact that real change won’t come from Washington. It will come the way it’s always come – from you. From the American people. As a nation, we can’t stop every act of violence. We can’t heal every troubled mind. But if we want to live in a country where we can go to work, send our kids to school, and walk our streets free from fear, we have to keep trying. We have to keep caring. We have to treat every child like they’re our child. Like those in Sandy Hook, we must choose love. And together, we must make a change. Thank you.”
In October 2013, First Selectman of Newtown, Connecticut E. Patricia Llodra announced that there would not host any formal remembrance events in an effort to keep the anniversary focused on quiet reflection and the news media were asked to keep their distance.
Out of respect to the family and friends of the victims in the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School as well as community of Newtown, Connecticut, many media outlets including NBC News, MSNBC News, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, CNN, Headline News, all agreed that coverage of the year anniversary of the tragic and deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School would not include sending their reporters, microwave television vans, and satellite broadcast trucks into Newtown, Connecticut.
According to an ABC News, they will be able to report that story fully and mark this sad anniversary, but we did not see the need to have a physical presence in Newtown, Connecticut on such a sensitive day. There are no public events happening there and to simply show up so that someone can do a report did not make any sense.
According to an CNN, while it plans to cover the year anniversary of the tragic and deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut across their networks and platforms, we are respecting the wishes of the victim’s families and friends and we are not reporting from Newtown, Connecticut on Saturday.
According to an NBC News, they are respecting the community’s wishes and NBC News have no plans to be in Newtown, Connecticut for the anniversary.
A reporter and photographer for the Associated Press, whose reports are available to media worldwide, were present in the community of Newtown, Connecticut and some of the people in the community were willing to share their thoughts on the year anniversary of the tragic and deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Such decisions are exceptionally rare for news media organizations and underline the tension between the necessity of covering the news and respecting the people who are being covered in the news. But the gravity of the topic and the request from the community were enough to convince many of the news outlets and allow the community to mourn in peace and with respect of their privacy.
The freedom to cover and report the news without retaliation is an important right to all journalist in television, radio, print, internet base, and social news medias. But there is a line, in cases of tragedy and death, when all news media need to pause and respect the wishes of the people affected by those tragedies and deaths.
In this case of the year anniversary of the tragic and deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, this is a moment to not cross that line and show respect for those who lost their lives a year ago today.
A message from ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez regarding the year anniversary of the tragic and deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
“Our thoughts and condolences will always be with all of the families, friends, and the people of Newtown, Connecticut affected by the tragic and deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. May we never forget the people we as a country all lost that day and give all of our support, comfort, and respect to each other as we all remember the people our country lost. May we give thanks to the first responders those who help saved lives and to the people inside the elementary school for protecting children from the gunman. May we all, the public and all news media, respect the wishes of the family and friends of the victims in the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School as well as the community of Newtown, Connecticut as they mourn and remember their loved ones today. Peace, Love, and Hugs.”
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