George Colli and Thomas Kienzler
The task force responsible for recommending the future location of Sandy Hook Elementary School has narrowed it down to two options. One of the options has some families of victims upset.
The task force responsible for deciding where the future home of Sandy Hook Elementary School will be has narrowed it down to two locations.
One is to build a new facility at 28 Riverside Road, just down the street from the now-vacant elementary school where 20 first graders and six staff members were killed in December.
The second option is to renovate or rebuild at the existing site, which has some of the victims' families upset.
“I will chain my body to it and to protest if they try to reopen it,” Erica Lafferty, the daughter of the late Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung, said. “It should be knocked down. There should be some type of long-lasting memorial.“
The task force narrowed the options down from 40 different locations and will hold a public meeting on Friday night to discuss the options and ultimately make a decision.
Veronique Pozner, who lost her son Noah in the Dec. 14 shooting, said she and her husband walked the halls at Sandy Hook Elementary School in February.
“It’s not for everybody, but just like I needed to see my son’s body, I needed to see where he died. That’s me, but I could totally understand why a parent would say I can’t do this," Pozner said.
For Pozner, the school is now 'tainted ground'.
“Then again, I also know life has to go on. If that’s the best site logically, economically for the other children, the ones that are alive … Ya know, who am I to say you shouldn’t build there, you shouldn’t rebuild?,” she said.