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A Suggestion to Honor the Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School

A Suggestion to Honor the Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School

I grew up in Sandy Hook and went to the middle school and high school ('92)
there, but never had the honor of attending Sandy Hook Elementary School,
though my brother and sister did and I have been there many times. I just cannot
turn my mind off about the horror that unfolded – it has invaded every thought
and dream since I learned of it on Friday morning. My heart breaks for everyone
that was directly affected.

At the same time, two other thoughts come – how would I possibly send
my own daughter back to a place that has been tainted with such horrible,
unspeakable, unconscionable evil, and how can we truly honor the memory of
those that have been lost? I propose that we tear down the school and build a park with a playground in its place.

I don’t believe there is any amount of renovation or spackle or new
walls that can erase (literally and figuratively) the evil that was done there.
It is a way of ensuring that evil does not win, a way to tell evil that it can
be overcome. That no matter how hard evil tries, the grounds of Sandy Hook
Elementary School will know happiness again, that we will never forget. Yes,
it’s extreme, but so was the evil that was done there. How better to cleanse a
place than to fill it with the laughter and pure joy of happy children playing
on a playground and the love of families taking their children to a park for a
Sunday picnic or an afternoon stroll?

It is the best way I can think of to truly honor the memories of those
tiny beautiful spirits and their teacher guardians we lost on Friday morning.

Reuben Randalot

Newtown Native

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Laura Madsen December 18, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I think your suggestion is a very good one. Maybe, there is a way that people can start to collect money for just this very purpose because tearing down a school, rebuilding one, and creating a park in the old school's place is going to be very expensive as you know. If you can get the word out on Facebook in an organized way, by maybe creating a page and explaining the purpose, along with having a defined organization for collecting funds, this could be a great way where people from all over the country can help - by donating money to such a cause. Best wishes that this idea may come to fruition. It's a good one.
Elena December 23, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I also like your suggestion, Reuben, and I would be willing to do a fundraiser for it when it is appropriate. I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. May I add a suggestion? Like other places in our country where lives were tragically lost, this is now a place for a memorial to the victims. If Newtown did want to make it a community park, I can imagine how special it would be for the victim's families to be involved in the design and were able to incorporate something to commemorate each of their loved ones. We just need to keep coming up with ways to support them. Good idea.

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