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Sandy Hook’s dead school principal interviewed about massacre one day before the massacre

The Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) shooting massacre on December 14, 2012, is full of oddities — what former Florida state trooper Wolfgang Halbig calls “things that don’t make sense.” Fellowship of the Minds has chronicled many of those oddities.

Here’s another thing that doesn’t make sense.

Dawn Hochsprung, the 47–year-old principal of SHES, was one of the six adults whom Lanza shot to death on the morning of Friday, December 14, 2012.

As recounted by ABC News’ Katie Kindelan:

Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung devoted her life to helping students as an educator. In her final moments, Hochsprung, 47, reportedly gave her life Friday to save the lives of countless students and teachers when she sprung from a conference room at the sound of gunshots and confronted head-on the armed shooter who had barged into the school.

So it is curious, to say the least, that on the day of the massacre, the local paper, The Newtown Bee, ran an online story, “Shooting Reported Sandy Hook Elementary School,” which quoted the same Hochsprung as a source:

Sandy Hook School Principal Dawn Hochsprung told The Bee that a masked man entered the school with a rifle and started shooting multiple shows [sic] —more than she could count—that went ‘on and on.’

According to blogger swansong of InsanemediaThe Bee retracted the story three days later, but not before swansong had captured a screenshot of the original article, and circled in yellow the sentence referring to Hochsprung.

On December 31, 2012, Newtown Bee published this retraction and apology:

An early online report from the scene at the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School quoted a woman who identified herself to our reporter as the principal of the school. The woman was not the school’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the Friday morning attack. The quote was removed from subsequent online versions of the story, but the original story did remain in our online archive for three days before being deleted.

We apologize for whatever confusion this may have caused our readers and for any pain or anguish it may have cause the Hochsprung family.

Swansong points out that Newtown is a small town of about 27,000 people and that The Newtown Bee is located less than 1½ miles from SHES and had run innumerable stories on the school, many of which featured Dawn Hochsprung. In other words, Hochsprung was well known by The Bee’s reporters.

Even more remarkable is swansong’s discovery that the Bing cache date for The Bee’s original report quoting Hochsprung was December 13, 2012—one day before the massacre. Here’s a screenshot swansong took of the cache:

In a follow-up, Newtown Bee’s editor, Curtiss Clark, told swansong that John Voket was “the reporter” who’d spoken with the woman mistaken for Hochsprung, and that Voket met the woman face to face. Since Voket had worked at The Bee for 8 years as its associate editor and is a radio announcer and active in the community, it strains credibility that Voket had mistaken the woman for Hochsprung. In an email to swansong, Voket attributed his mistake to the chaos and commotion of that day, and to the woman, whose name he would not divulge, having “a number of physical attributes” in common with Hochsprung.

~Éowyn

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Sandy Hook: Where were the 100s of students being evacuated?

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Today is the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook school massacre.
Two years ago, on the morning of December 14, 2012, a lone gunman with no history of violence or of mental illness (Lanza reportedly had Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a form of autism, not of mental illness), 20-year-old Adam Lanza, first shot his mother Nancy four times in her head, then drove to the Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES), armed with a rifle, two pistols and a large supply of ammunition.
There, at around 9:30 AM, Lanza gained entrance into the school by shooting and shattering a plate glass window next to the glass doors of the school’s front lobby.

A view of the shattered glass window from inside

A view of the shattered glass window from inside


Lanza went down the school hallways into Classrooms 8 and 10 and, in the space of 5 minutes, shot to death 20 children and 6 adults, including principal Dawn Hochsprung — the same Dawn Hochsprung who, despite having been killed, was interviewed and quoted by the Newtown Bee about the shooting that morning:

Sandy Hook School principal Dawn Hochsprung told the Bee that a masked man entered the school with a rifle and started shooting multiple shows – more than she could count – that went “on and on.”

At 9:40:03 AM, before the arrival of police and first responders, Lanza put a gun to his head and shot himself to death.

Curiously, Social Security Death Index originally had Adam Lanza’s date-of-death as Dec. 13, 2012, one day before he killed 27 people, then himself. (See “Ancestry.com still has Adam Lanza’s date-of-death as a day before the Sandy Hook massacre”)

It had taken Lanza only 5 minutes to shoot and kill 26 people in a hallway and in two separate classrooms.

Or so we were told.

But science says individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome like Adam Lanza typically exhibit poor motor skills and clumsiness. Research says that between 50% to 90% of children and adults with Asperger’s have problems with motor coordination (Ehlers and Gillberg 1993; Ghaziuddin et al. 1994; Gillberg 1989; Szatmari et al. 1990; Tantam 1991). For that reason, motor clumsiness is included as one of the diagnostic criteria for Asperger’s. (Source)

In the two years since, this blog Fellowship of the Minds and countless other citizen bloggers and YouTube videos have meticulously probed and investigated just about every aspect of Sandy Hook. Our conclusion, separately arrived at, is that the Sandy Hook shooting massacre is, in the words of former state trooper Wolfgang Halbig, “a contrived event.” Or as FOTM’s Mike aptly put it, Sandy Hook was “a hoax, a con job, a theatrical production, complete with stars, supporting characters, and extras.”

See “Remarkable resemblance of Sandy Hook victims and professional crisis actors,” “Sandy Hook dad goes from laughing to grieving in blink of an eye,” and “Professional crisis actors simulate mass casualty events”.

This post is about another oddity of the Sandy Hook hoax — the lack of empirical evidence of children being evacuated from SHES that fateful morning, despite the Connecticut State Police (CSP) Sandy Hook Report‘s insistence that they were being evacuated.

You can find the CSP Sandy Hook Report here or https://cspsandyhookreport.ct.gov/.

We’ve been shown only ONE photo image (below) of purported SHES students being evacuated from the school that morning, led by two Connecticut State police officers to the nearby Firehouse.
SH students evacuating
The now iconic photo was taken by local newspaper Newtown Bee‘s Shannon Hicks, who said she had taken the photo at 10:09 AM on Dec. 14, 2012.
Alas, we have good reasons to question the authenticity of Hicks’ photo. (See Professor Jim Fetzer’s “Sent worldwide, Shannon Hick’s ‘iconic’ Sandy Hook photo was faked“.)
Even if we assume Hicks’ photo to be authentic, only about 12 children are shown in the photo. Where are the other children, estimated by Fetzer to number at least 469, given SHES’s enrollment? The image below shows the evacuation that we should have seen if the media had portrayed it:
Sandy Hook children being evacuated, had there been one
Nor did we see images of those HUNDREDS of school children outside or inside the Firehouse, as Redsilverj points out in a video uploaded to YouTube on July 17, 2014:
Sandy Hook evacuation
Remember Shannon Hicks’ iconic photo of children in a single file being escorted out of SHES on the morning of the massacre? Hicks claimed that she had taken the photo at 10:09 AM on Dec. 14, 2012.
Well, there’s a way we can confirm or disconfirm Hicks’ claim.
Police patrol vehicles that responded to the school shooting that morning were equipped with dash cams, and the dash cam videos are time-stamped. Those videos are in the Connecticut state evidence file. Dash cam #2’s video, for example, is labeled 00055705 in the state evidence file and can be viewed on YouTube here.
Let’s take a look at what the videos — from the dash cams of three patrol cars parked in front of SHES that morning — show at and around 10:09 AM, Dec. 14, 2012.
According to the CSP Sandy Hook Report, evacuation began at 9:58 AM. Here’s a screen shot at the 6:33 mark of Redsilverj’s video, showing the three dash cams at 10:00:00 AM, Dec. 14, 2012.
Do you see any children? (Click image below to enlarge)
SH dash cams
Here’s a screen shot at the 14:58 mark of Redsilverj’s video, showing dash cams 2 and 3 at 10:08:19 AM, Dec. 14, 2012, below which is the CSP Report saying that at “10:08:19 Children are escorted out of the building from the northeast corner of SHES”.
Do you see any children? (click image below to enlarge)
SH dash cams2
Here’s a screen shot at the 15:47 mark of Redsilverj’s video, showing dash cams 2 and 3 at 10:09:18 AM and 10:09:14 AM, respectively. Recall that Shannon Hicks’ photo of the 12 children being evacuated was taken at 10:09 AM.
Do you see any children? (click image below to enlarge)
SH dash cams3
Here’s a screen shot at the 16:08 mark of Redsilverj’s video, showing dash cams 2 and 3 at 10:09:38 AM and 10:09:35 AM, respectively, below which is the CSP Report saying that at “10:09:29 Students are escorted from SHES.”
Do you see any children? (Click image below to enlarge)
SH dash cams4
Here’s a screen shot at the 17:02 mark of Redsilverj’s video, showing dash cams 1 and 2 at 10:10:33 AM and 10:10:32 AM, respectively, below which is the CSP Report saying that at “10:10:31 CSP Det Van Ness and unidentified DEEP (ENCON) officers are escorting children from the northeast corner of SHES.”
Do you see any children? (Click image below to enlarge)
SH dash cams5
Redsilverj’s video shows many more instances when the CSP Report clearly states that children are being escorted from SHES, but no child or children can be seen in the time-stamped dash cam videos. Watch for yourself!
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To conclude, the timeline of the Connecticut State Police’s official report on Sandy Hook does not match the time-stamped videos taken from the dash cams of trooper vehicles in SHES’s parking lot on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012. The CSP Report again and again states that children are being escorted out of the school, but the dash cam videos do not show any children being evacuated from SHES.
Why is that?
A simple explanation is that no child/children were evacuated from Sandy Hook Elementary School on the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, because the school had been abandoned long before. (See “Was Sandy Hook Elementary School already abandoned before the massacre?” and “Workers tearing down Sandy Hook school sworn to confidentiality”)
That, of course, also means that no child/children were shot dead on Dec. 14, 2012. (See “No one died in Sandy Hook: Testimony from Social Security Death Master File”)
That, in turn, would explain why Newtown and the State of Connecticut to this day refuse to make public the death certificates of the 26 people allegedly killed at SHES on Dec. 14, 2012 — despite FOIA requests from the AP and in spite of the fact that death certificates, like birth and marriage certificates, are vital public records accessible by the public. We are told the reason is because releasing the death certificates of the 20 supposedly-dead children would hurt their parents’ feelings. But why would releasing the death certificates of Adam and Nancy Lanza hurt the feelings of the parents of the 20 “dead” children? (See “Newtown clerk refuses to issue Sandy Hook victims’ death certificates”)
It doesn’t make sense. And to quote Judge Judy:

“If it doesn’t make sense, it isn’t true.”

I really do understand how difficult it is for many Americans to imagine, even less to believe, that our government and media (see “CNN deception: Live aerial footage of police running into Sandy Hook was of another school”) can be as conniving and evil as to perpetrate such an enormous hoax. I humbly suggest you do the following:

  1. Let go of your a priori (your presumed-to-be-true presupposition) that our government does not and cannot lie to us.
  2. Then examine the evidence calmly and dispassionately, by reading the posts FOTM has published on Sandy Hook. Go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.
  3. After you’ve examined the empirical evidence (such as this post on the testimony of the dash cam videos), ask yourself whom you believe — the government/media? or what your own intelligence tells you.

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~Eowyn

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Was Sandy Hook Elementary School already abandoned before the massacre?

In his recent interview with Wolfgang Halbig, the school safety consultant and former state trooper who calls the Dec. 14, 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting “a contrived scripted event” in the planning for 2-2½ years, Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi said something very intriguing (beginning at the 50:45 mark in the video below):

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Bidondi said: “Was this whole thing [Sandy Hook shooting] staged? Was it real? You have neighbors reporting the school’s been closed down for God knows how long…. They can’t understand why there were kids in that building because it was condemned.”

Indeed, according to local paper The Newtown Bee, nearly 10 months after the shooting on October 5, 2013, a city referendum passed by over 90% authorizing Newtown to move forward with the demolition and rebuilding of Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) with a $49.25 million grant from the State of Connecticut. The Bee says: “Anticipating the referendum would pass, town officials already filed environmental paperwork with the state to move forward with asbestos abatement at the former school, which will dovetail with demolition crews who could be on site by the last week in October.”

What this means is that even without the alleged massacre, the school would have been demolished because of asbestos contamination.

In fact, a search of Newtown Bee‘s archives shows that the town had known about the school’s environmental problems for many years:

  • On October 2, 2002, The Bee reports that “The Newtown School District could be looking at a $29.5 million price tag to upgrade its mechanical systems and bring them to code at the four elementary schools and middle school over the next five to six years. Consulting Engineering Services (CES) was hired by the district to study the mechanical systems at Hawley School, Head O’ Meadow School, Middle Gate School, Newtown Middle School, and Sandy Hook School to evaluate the heating and ventilating infrastructure, temperature control, and to see what renovations would need to be performed to upgrade ventilation systems to meet indoor air quality codes. Sandy Hook School … is being recommended by CES to be worked on in 2010 over a nine-month period. It is estimated to cost $4.5 million for heating and ventilation and $400,000 for air conditioning.” That comes to about $5 million, which is puny compared to the $49.25 million state grant Newtown received after the alleged shooting massacre for the demolition and rebuilding of the school. 
  • On April 7, 2003, the Bee reported that “Some studies suggest that as many as 68 percent of school district’s have ‘sick’ buildings ranging from mold to asbestos, radon, pesticides, and the use of improperly ventilated areas as classroom space. For the past five years, teachers in Connecticut have had the highest rate of occupational asthma when compared to other professions.
  • On March 26, 2004 , the Bee reported that “the Board of Education … received the bad news that there were serious problems with the Sandy Hook elementary school roof.”
  • And then there’s this curious Newtown Bee article of November 7, 2008, 4 years before the alleged shooting massacre: “The asbestos levels in Newtown schools pose no threat to the health or safety of those using the schools, according to Superintendent John Reed. The areas in the schools where there is evidence of asbestos … are also considered acceptable and safe.”
  • On October 12, 2012, two months before the alleged school shooting, there’s this curious letter from reader Charles Hepp to The Newtown Bee about a plan to close an elementary school due to declining enrollment. Hepp wrote, “Six months ago, in April 2012, our Board of Ed voted unanimously to accept a study which laid out a plan for closing an elementary school … the study found that, should our elementary school population fall below 1,500, the BOE should look towards closing an elementary school. We are currently at approximately 1,650 elementary school students.”
  • But then a year after the alleged massacre and after the school had been completely torn down with the demolition workers sworn to confidentiality, The Bee reported on Dec. 2, 2013 that Public Building & Site Commission Chairman Robert Mitchell issued a report that directly contradicts the earlier 2008 assessment that asbestos levels in Newtown’s schools posed no threat to health. Mitchell’s report said “had the town decided to reoccupy the [Sandy Hook Elementary] school on Dickinson Drive, it would have faced a daunting and possibly insurmountable challenge regarding the presence of hazardous materials” because “PCBs were not only discovered in concrete block, but under terrazzo flooring and in sulfur block used in the foundations and footings. In addition, vinyl asbestos tile was discovered under carpeted areas, along with asbestos in the mastic holding insulation to the subfloor tunnel ductwork.”

In a video that you can watch on YouTube, a man who calls himself “Jungle Surfer” claims to have found “proof” that Sandy Hook Elementary School was closed 5 years before the alleged massacre. Using the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, Jungle Surfer says he found no Internet activity from the location of SHES at 12 Dickenson Dr, Sandy Hook, CT 06482.

Below is a screenshot I took of the Wayback Machine showing the school’s lack of Internet activity since the beginning of the year 2008 through 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. You can also see it for yourself by going here.

Reader “Christopher Marlowe” wrote this comment on March 7, 2014, on a blog that posted Jungle Surfer’s video on the Wayback Machine:

The proof is sublime. The wayback machine isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t lie. The site was accessed each year, from 2000 to 2008, and then NOTHING until 2013.

The wayback machine uses the googlebot crawls to preserve pictures of the site on a given day. (Brief research reveals that the bots record a snapshot when the site is updated, but my own testing shows that there is a heavy tie-in to the amount of web traffic….)

Other dead sites show a drop-off similar to what we see in the sandy hoax school:
social.fm; kozmo.com; webvan.com; urbanfetch.com

Or let’s compare apples to apples, shall we?
https://web.archive.org/web/20100822170242*/https://fairfield.k12.ct.us/
https://web.archive.org/web/20140108075830*/https://www.windham.k12.ct.us/
https://web.archive.org/web/20140215224832*/https://www.westport.k12.ct.us/
https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.wilton.k12.ct.us/
https://web.archive.org/web/20130909145706*/https://www.wethersfield.k12.ct.us/
https://web.archive.org/web/20130922181029*/https://www.tolland.k12.ct.us/

Another indicator of whether Sandy Hook Elementary School had been abandoned BEFORE the alleged massacre are photos taken by the crime scene investigators of the interior of the school.

What follows is a sample of photographs of the alleged crime which I’d culled from “22 Assorted Files” on the (Connecticut) Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s website on Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Reports. (An easier way to view the photos is to go to the Sandy Hoax Facebook page. Click here.)

The following crime scene photos will be interspersed with relevant quotes from the State of Connecticut’s Final Report on Sandy Hook published on Nov. 25, 2013, titled Report of the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury on the Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and 36 Yogananda Street, Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. All page references are to the Final Report.

1. The photos were taken at the crime scene in the course of 7 days beginning on the day of the shooting:

On the afternoon of December 14, 2012, the WDMC (Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime) and CDMC (Central District Major Crime) van units began documenting the crime scene and collecting evidence. The units could not begin this process until the scene was declared safe. The scene processing took seven days. The scene was thoroughly processed, with the WDMC van unit handling the interior of SHES and the CDMC van unit covering the exterior. This processing included extensive written documentation as well as taking videos and thousands of photographs and measurements. In addition to the recovery of evidence, bullet trajectories were analyzed and documented.” (p. 16)

2. The Final Report’s “Executive Summary” states:

“On the morning of December 14, 2012, the shooter [Adam Lanza], age 20, heavily armed, went to Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES) in Newtown, where he shot his way into the locked school building with a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle. He then shot and killed the principal and school psychologist as they were in the north hallway of the school responding to the noise of the shooter coming into the school. The shooter also shot and injured two other staff members who were also in the hallway.

The shooter then went into the main office, apparently did not see the staff who were hiding there, and returned to the hallway.

After leaving the main office, the shooter then went down the same hallway in which he had just killed two people and entered first grade classrooms 8 and 10, the order in which is unknown. While in those rooms he killed the two adults in each room, fifteen children in classroom 8 and five in classroom 10. All of the killings were done with the Bushmaster rifle.

He then took his own life with a single shot from a Glock 20, 10 mm pistol in classroom 10. […]

It is the conclusion of this State’s Attorney that the shooter acted alone and was solely criminally responsible for his actions of that day. Moreover, none of the evidence developed to date demonstrates probable cause to believe that any other person conspired with the shooter to commit these crimes or aided and abetted him in doing so.

Unless additional – and at this time unanticipated – evidence is developed, there will be no state criminal prosecution as result of these crimes. With the issuance of this report, the investigation is closed.” (pp. 1-3)

3. How Adam Lanza gained entrance into the school:

“On the morning of December 14, 2012 … Shortly after 9:30 a.m. he approached the front entrance to the school. He was armed with a Bushmaster Model XM15-E2S rifle (also Bushmaster rifle), a Glock 20, 10 mm pistol and a Sig Sauer P226, 9 mm pistol and a large supply of ammunition. The doors to the school were locked, as they customarily were at this time, the school day having already begun. The shooter proceeded to shoot his way into the school building through the plate glass window to the right of the front lobby doors … at approximately 9:35 a.m.” (p. 9)

4. Shootings in the school’s hallways:

“The main office staff reported hearing noises and glass breaking at approximately 9:35 a.m. and saw the shooter, a white male with a hat and sunglasses, come into the school building with a rifle type gun. The shooter walked normally, did not say anything and appeared to be breathing normally. He was seen shooting the rifle down the hallway. … As the staff member left the room, the staff member heard gunshots and saw [Principal] Mrs. Hochsprung and [School Psychologist] Mrs. Sherlach fall down in front of the staff member. The staff member felt a gunshot hit the staff member’s leg. Once down, the staff member was struck again by additional gunfire, but laid still in the hallway. Not seeing anyone in the hallway, the staff member crawled back into room 9 and held the door shut. A call to 911 was made….

At the same time the shooter was firing in the hallway, another staff member was at the far east end of the hallway near classroom 1. The staff member was struck by a bullet in the foot and retreated into a classroom.

Both Dawn Hochsprung, age 47, and Mary Sherlach, age 56, died as a result of being shot. Both wounded staff members shot in the hallway were later evacuated to the hospital and survived.” (pp. 9-10)

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Note: So there were two wounded adults, but we’ve only been told of one, Natalie Hammond (See “Who, Where are the Sandy Hook wounded?”).

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Here are some photos of SHES’s hallways:

5. Shootings in Classrooms 8 & 10:

“The evidence and witness statements establish the shooter went down the hallway in an easterly direction ultimately entering first grade classrooms 8 and 10. The order is not definitively known. While in classrooms 8 and 10, the shooter shot and killed four adults and twenty children with the Bushmaster rifle. Twelve children survived, one from classroom 8 and eleven from classroom 10. The shooter finally killed himself in classroom 10 with one gunshot to his head from a Glock 20, 10 mm pistol. This is believed to have occurred at 9:40:03. … In all, eighteen children and six adult school staff members were found deceased within the school. Two more children were pronounced dead at Danbury Hospital. Two other adult school staff members were injured and were treated at nearby hospitals and survived.” (p. 10)

Recall that Lanza had shattered the glass window at 9:35 am and killed himself at 9:40:03, which means we are to believe that this young man, afflicted with Asperger Syndrome (Wolfgang Halbig says those with Asperger typically have very poor motor skills), shot and killed 26 people in 5 minutes.

6. Photos of bullet holes:

I painted red circles around the “bullet” hole and the pile of drilled dust underneath

7. Photos of the school’s classrooms:

Note the clean carpets and floors, the absence of blood spatter, how in some rooms everything is stacked along the sides and the windows (creating a fire hazard), while other rooms are so cluttered, which also creates a fire hazard.

You may think: “Maybe the Connecticut State Police had cleared some of the classrooms, pushing stuff to the sides of the room, before they took the photos.” But then, there are many photos (like the one below) of bullets next to yellow crime scene markers, which suggest the photos of the classrooms had been taken as they were, without disturbing or altering the crime scene.

9. Photo of Nancy Lanza’s bedroom:

The Final Report says that “Prior to going to the school, the shooter used a .22 caliber Savage Mark II rifle to shoot and kill his mother in her bed at the home where they lived at 36 Yogananda Street in Newtown.” (p. 3)

Nancy Lanza had lived in that home for many years, a pricey home in an affluent neighborhood. How could her bedroom walls be bare of pictures, paintings or mirrors?

As seen in these photos, does Sandy Hook Elementary School look to you to be an actual active school or does it look abandoned or decommissioned?

Update (July 19, 2018):

I have stated in previous posts that Sandy Hook Elementary School had long been closed before the “massacre” because it contaminated with asbestos and other environmental toxins. Alas, the local newspaper Newtown Bee memory-holed its articles on the contamination. But this Newtown Bee article published a year after the “massacre” confirms the school was contaminated with “widespread haz-mat presence”. For the school to remain open would be to place its staff and students’ health and lives in danger, which would render the school vulnerable to lawsuits.

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Sandy Hook victims' funds reap millions of dollars in donation

Santa Claus came to Newtown, Connecticut, on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
On that day, an event called “Community Giveaway” took place at Newtown’s Reed Intermediate School, where thousands of town residents came to pick-and-choose from among the thousands upon thousands of gifts donated by generous people from across America and the world. They had felt sorry for the town because of the massacre of 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School the previous Dec. 14th.
From noon to 3 pm, Sandy Hook School students and their families, as well as the school’s staffers, browsed through the gifts and took the ones they wanted. From 3 to 6 pm, the event broadened its scope to allow other Newtown families to browse and select gifts.

Sandy Hook giveawayCommunity Giveaway at Newtown’s Reed Intermediate School (photo by Newtown Bee)

The thousands of gifts in the Community Giveaway were only a fraction of the donations received by Sandy Hook victims’ funds. Some of the funds are private, such as the Emilie Parker Fund on Facebook created a day after the massacre, which do not make public how much money they’ve received. (Go here and here for some fundraising or memorial sites that have a creation date before the massacre.)
But other Sandy Hook victims’ funds do make public the total amount of monetary donations they’ve received. Those donations are in MILLIONS of dollars. Below is a list of the total amounts received by some Sandy Hook victims’ funds. These are only the funds I was able to find:

  • More than $1,000 was raised “in just over 3 hours” by Newtown High School’s Peer Leadership group for The Sandy Hook School Support Fund. The group did it by enlisting seven NHS faculty members to stand in as servers at Pizza Palace Restaurant on February 12, with the restaurant’s customers — many of them students of the teachers — encouraged to tip generously during the special event.
  • $2,500 raised by Isabel Linzer, a high school student at Yorktown High School in Virginia, who collected donations at her school, in her community, and from businesses.
  • $10,000 raised by Andrew Ernest, a senior at Oswego East High School in Oswego, Ill. , for the Newtown Memorial Fund. On February 18, 2013, the teenager traveled to Newtown to deliver in person the $10,000 he had raised over one month through efforts made at his high school. The Newtown Memorial Fund has a Facebook page and a website.
  • $1 million raised thus far by the Newtown Memorial Fund, “to provide for the immediate and ongoing needs of those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.”
  • $1.3 million raised by the My Sandy Hook Family Fund, started by a group of Newtown parents. According to the Newtown Bee, the $1.3 million “is already being distributed directly to the 26 victims’ families, with each receiving approximately $47,000.” Since the $1.3 million represents only half of the fund’s goal of $2.6 million, when/if the fund reaches its total, that means each Sandy Hook victim family will get $100,000 from just this fund alone.
  • $9 million raised by a United Way/Newtown Savings Bank fund, from which a foundation — the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation Inc. — was created to disperse the funds. The Foundation is headed by a panel of local and state leaders who are in charge of reviewing requests for distributions from the fund. The panel includes Monsignor Robert Weiss of Newtown’s St Rose of Lima parish, former Newtown Finance Director Ben Spragg, Danbury Hospital’s chair of psychiatry Dr Charles R. Herrick, Newtown attorney Anne Ragusa, and former finance committee chair of the Legislative Council Joe DeCandido. Meanwhile, the fund will continue to receive donations.

By my count, the above comes to a total of $19,015,120 — over $19 million.
The $19+ million represent just the donations I was able to find, most of them from the Newtown Bee, Newtown’s local newspaper. Curiously, when I click on the URLs for the individual news articles I had retrieved just a few days ago, I now get this message: “Page not found: The requested page could not be found.”
Just one more oddity on top of the many anomalies about the Sandy Hook massacre. (For FOTM’s posts on some of those anomalies, go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.)
~Eowyn

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