A New School

Sandy Hook Elementary School students head to a new school in Monroe on Jan. 3 as they return to classes for the first time since the massacre Dec. 14. (Reuters / January 3, 2013)

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  • What do you think?
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    Should photos, videos and recordings of victims of the Newtown shootings be off-limits to the public?

    • Yes. To see videos or photos of the victims or hear recordings of the shootings would only cause anguish to the families.
    • No. It's a mistake to hide records, including painful ones. They show the consequences of misbegotten policies and give insights into stopping future crimes.
    • Yes. This exception was narrowly drawn, so that it won't apply to other cases. Freedom of information will be protected.
    • No. Politicians are exploiting the Newtown shootings to set a dangerous precedent. This is a move toward greater government secrecy.
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  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

A bill drafted by the governor’s office would seal certain records of victims of the Dec. 14 Newtown massacre. The bill would require the consent of the families of the victims for release of photos, videos or recordings, as well as death certificates.  The proposal was negotiated in secret by the governor’s office, lawmakers and the chief state’s attorney and did not go to a public hearing. Are they right to spare the feelings of the families of Newtown victims? Do other victims’ families deserve the same consideration? Or would hiding records of atrocities conceal the truth? Would knowing the gruesome details of Newtown serve the public interest?


Bill Drafted In Secret Would Block Release Of Some Newtown Massacre Records
Hartford Courant, May 21

Malloy: Newtown records limits would aid families
NECN, May 28

Public Records on the Newtown Shootings
New York Times, May 27