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Demolition Begins at Sandy Hook School Building

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Workers have begun demolishing the elementary school building where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults, the town’s top elected leader said Thursday.

Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra said small-scale demolition is underway at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the project will take several weeks.

“The process of demolition is incremental, staged precisely and executed carefully,” she said. “There is no wrecking ball action; it is rather a piece-by-piece, section-by-section removal.”

The gunman killed his mother at their home before going to the school on Dec. 14. He committed suicide as police arrived.

A task force of 28 Newtown elected officials voted unanimously in May to raze the Sandy Hook Elementary School and build a new one on the property where the existing school is located.

Newtown has accepted a $50 million state grant for the project, and a new school is expected to open by December 2016. Students have been attending classes in a neighboring town.

Contractors are being asked to destroy materials to eliminate nearly every trace of the building, an effort Llodra has said is intended to protect the victims’ privacy and keep people from taking parts of the building as souvenirs. Contractors also are required to sign confidentiality agreements to forbid public discussion of the site and the building.


  • rick1959

    In agree I want to know who the guy that ran into the woods was, and if he was an off duty cop from another town 1. why didn’t he try and help, 2. what was he doing there, and 3. why did he run. He’s the key to the whole mystery, I guarantee it.to much secrecy, way way to much Ct State police cover up if not they sure do make it look that way,

    • HonestABElincoln

      Gee I don’t know rick1959, was that the same man as on the grassy knoll? I saw him shoot Lincoln too. Do you even realize you are so deranged that nobody knows WTH you were trying to say? Get some meds.

      • alpinequeen

        Give him some of yours.

  • HonestABElincoln

    You know walendy, there is always one idiot in the bunch. Can you guess who that is in this bunch?

    • alpinequeen

      Look right above this post.