There’s one way to resolve questions about whether Adam Lanza was the lone gunman (or even a gunman at all) who murdered 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct.
Did you know that the school had a security surveillance system?
Indeed, WTNH Channel 8 reports, Dec. 14, 2012, that the school had sent a letter to parents on the installation of a new security and surveillance system at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. Here’s the letter:
Dear Members of our Sandy Hook Family,
Our district will be implementing a security system in all elementary schools as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure student safety. As usual, exterior doors will be locked during the day. Every visitor will be required to ring the doorbell at the front entrance and the office staff will use a visual monitoring system to allow entry. Visitors will still be required to report directly to the office and sign in. If our office staff does not recognize you, you will be required to show identification with a picture id. Please understand that with nearly 700 students and over 1000 parents representing 500 SHS families, most parents will be asked to show identification.
Doors will be locked at approximately 9:30 a.m. Any student arriving after that time must be walked into the building and signed in at the office. Before that time our regular drop-off procedures will be in place. I encourage all parents to have their children come to school and return home on the bus and to remain in school for the entire school day. The beginning and ending of our school day are also important instructional times and therefore we want all our students to reap the benefits of full participation in our program.
We need your help and cooperation for our system to work effectively. Our office staff is handling multiple tasks. Though they will work diligently to help you into the building as quickly as possible, there may be a short delay until someone can view you on the handset and allow you to come in electronically. There are times during the day when office personnel are on the telephone, addressing student concerns, or in the copy room; there are other times when only one person is in the front office. Please help our staff by identifying yourself and provide your child’s name. Keep in mind we will be following our district guidelines which may need revision once we test the system.
Please know your involvement continues to be critical to our school’s effectiveness and your child’s success. We continue to encourage and value your presence in our classrooms and are counting on your cooperation with the implementation of this safety initiative.
We are told that sometime before 9:30 a.m. EST on December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, age 52, with a .22 Marlin rifle at their Newtown home. Adam Lanza then drove his mother’s car to Sandy Hook Elementary School.
At about 9:35 a.m., using his mother’s Bushmaster XM-15, Lanza shot his way through a locked glass door at the front of the school. Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy disclosed that Lanza had broken into the school by firing a volley of bullets through a secured door. After killing 26, Lanza then killed himself when he heard police arriving.
A commenter on the American Everyman blog, Scott Groves, writes:
“I’ve been asking this question for the last few days. I’ve asked 2 reporters on twitter about it last night and both refused to look into the video from the school. After they refused to be journalists, they blocked me.”
So where’s the school’s surveillance video showing Lanza — and Lanza alone — breaking through the secured door?
If I were the parent of one of the 20 child victims, I would demand to see that video.
UPDATE (Oct. 22, 2013):
I finally found evidence that Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) indeed did have at least a video cam installed at its front door — an ABCNews video said so. This is the screenshot I took at the 2:05 mark of a long video by citizen journalist Brendan Hunt (aka Xrayultra Studio) who went to the school and took raw footage around the school’s perimeter. (For Brendan’s video, go to my post, “Citizen journalist’s raw footage of Sandy Hook school“.)