POSTED: Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 8:50pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 11:52am
Community trying to decide what to do with school building
NEWTOWN, CT — Almost one month after a gunman walked into Sandy Hook elementary and killed 26 people, including 20 students, Newtown is trying to decide what should be done with that school building.
Students and staff from Sandy Hook have not returned since the tragic shooting on December 14th. They have been relocated to Monroe.
On Sunday afternoon, about 200 people packed the auditorium at Newtown High School to discuss whether Sandy Hook elementary should ever re-open.
“The children, the students, or the teachers of the school need to stay together,” said the mother of a Sandy Hook student.
“It’s hard to even imagine my child walking back into the building,” said another parent.
Many believe the school should be remodeled, in honor of the 26 victims.
“[It shouldn’t be] kept as it is. I think too many hard memories [are there]…but…definitely rebuild it…maybe have a memorial there,” said Danielle Fredericks.
However, others believe the site should be demolished.
“I don’t think any kid should ever have to go back there and tie those feelings back with the school again,” said Christina Gorham.
“The building should be [torn] down,” said Tara Nicholson.
With such a divided public, leaders will hold another meeting like this on Friday, to hear what other community members have to say.
Town leaders hope to make a decision on the future of Sandy Hook Elementary by this spring.