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NEWTOWN — After considering 40 locations, deliberating for weeks and hearing from countless residents, officials Friday decided the Sandy Hook Elementary School community belongs in its original home — but in a new building.
A 28-member task force late Friday voted unanimously to construct a new school on the existing site of the old Sandy Hook school, after focusing heavily on that site and the Senior Athletic Field on Riverside Road. Members also considered the Fairfield Hills property and Reed Intermediate School Friday, but decided those weren’t viable options.
Some people have told task force members they did not want to go back to that site, and especially not to the current building, members said. James Gatson said he also thinks about the families that might want to move to Sandy Hook and how they might feel about sending their young children to school.
Originally posted by 200Plus
I can 100% understand the need for a new school after this. There are serious emotional stains and scars in that community. I do not understand putting it in the same location. What is the point? If the location is tainted it will always be and if it isn't a new building is a waste of time and money.
Simply building a new school in the same location isn't going to fool kids. It's possible the whole thing is simply an emotional salve for the adults or (as much as I hate to say it) a means to keep this incident in the news for a while longer.
Originally posted by CINY8
As a parent, I personally would not want another school to be built on the same site - too many memories at that location. I would prefer that a memorial be built there instead and the school built at another location.
On the conspiracy side, I saw a video and thread posted a while back which alluded that Sandy Hook school was built on a specific ley line...meaning the location was picked specifically for the event that occurred there. If you google "Sandy Hook Ley Line" there are videos posted that go into this theory. I am not saying I buy into it all but after watching the video that I did, it would be enough not to re-build there.
The school went through a major renovation in 1995, just four years before the massacre, adding a new library and cafeteria. After the shootings, Columbine completely demolished its library, located above the cafeteria, since it was the site where thirteen of the deaths occurred. The site was then turned into a memorial ceiling and atrium; a new, larger library was built on the hill where the shooting began and dedicated to the memory of the victims.