Sandy Hook Elementary School, which lost a total of 20 children and six adults, may understandably resume classes never.
Over the weekend, Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe was prepped by work crews to accommodate the Sandy Hook pupils for an “indefinite period.” Families and parents have yet to receive a date to even resume classes in this new location, which is a reported 15 minutes away from Sandy Hook.
Because Sandy Hook Elementary School is a crime scene, state police Lt. Paul Vance says that it could very well be “months” before the campus is even available to anyone but the authorities. Newtown Police Lt. George Sinko reportedly expressed doubts that children would ever return to the campus.
But in choosing this new location, authorities absolutely considered the children and their well-being. Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley suggests that strategizing has already begun for protecting the Sandy Hook kids from the massive media presence that is expected on the first day back:
Police will be stationed at Chalk Hill when it reopens, and news media will be barred except for a single camera crew that will be allowed to shoot video but will be asked not to conduct interviews, McCauley said.
“We don’t want to disrupt the students any more than they have been,” he said.
Newtown police Lt. George Sinko went further, adding that he “would find it very difficult” for students to return to the same school. But, he added, “We want to keep these kids together. They need to support each other.”
Let’s hope the next onslaught of media refrains from sticking those microphones in children’s faces a second time.