October 15, 2013

Newtown school shooting site being demolished

Contractors have barricaded the Sandy Hook Elementary School property and expect to begin demolition next week.

The Associated Press

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Contractors demolishing the Sandy Hook Elementary School are being required to sign confidentiality agreements forbidding public discussion of the site, photographs or disclosure of any information.

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FILE - This Dec. 14, 2012 aerial file photo shows Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Contractors demolishing Sandy Hook Elementary School are being required to sign confidentiality agreements forbidding public discussion of the site, photographs or disclosure of any information about the building where 26 people were fatally shot in December 2012.

The Associated Press

The News-Times reports that Selectman Will Rodgers says officials want the school where 20 children and six educators were fatally shot last December to be handled in a respectful way.

Project manager Consigli Construction has barricaded the property and intends to screen the perimeter to prevent onlookers from taking photographs. Full-time security guards will ensure the site is not disturbed.

Families of the victims and school staff visited the site, but public access is barred.

Demolition is set to begin next week and be finished before the Dec. 14 anniversary of the shootings. A new school is expected to open by December 2016.

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