Newtown Split on Future of Sandy Hook
Some want to raze school, others want it reopened
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2013 1:50 AM CST
Mergiam Bajraliu, whose sister was a student in the Sandy Hook Elementary School on the day of the shooting, speaks to the media outside Newtown High School.   (AP Photo/The News-Times, Michael Duffy)

(Newser) – More than 200 residents of Newtown attended a meeting yesterday to deal with one of the toughest questions facing the devastated community: What to do with the school where a gunman killed 20 students and six educators? Some residents want Sandy Hook Elementary School to be destroyed while others want to see elementary students return, the Hartford Courant reports. Other suggestions include turning it into a park, a memorial, or even a planetarium.

Sandy Hook's students are now at a new school but many are having trouble adjusting. At the Newtown meeting, high school student Mergim Bajraliu, whose little sister survived the massacre, reminisced about good times at Sandy Hook and argued strongly in favor of reopening. "If we were to knock the school down, we'd be losing the culture, that same Sandy Hook School feel that we all love and feel nostalgic about," the 17-year-old said. "One psychopath, whom I refuse to name, has unfortunately done his damage ... We can't let him do any more damage. We can't let his cruel acts go any further."

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Jan 14, 2013 8:34 AM CST
You're kidding me....bulldoze that house of horrors and put a memorial in its place. The Amish had it right when that massacre took place in one of their schools. Knock it down and move on. You think you have "adjustment" problems're telling me you want 6-year-olds to walk back into THAT??? Let alone the adult staff? Come on!
Jan 14, 2013 7:43 AM CST
Of course I live in Iowa and the decision is totally in the hands of the residents of Newtown, but I just think it is problematic to leave the original school standing. It should be demolished with legitimate recycling of useful parts, and another completely new building erected in its place using all new materials. Turning it into a park will only bring back tragic memories. To return students to it... even the six-year-olds will be saying "That's where the guy with the gun killed those people / kids". It would be more than a negative influence to return it into anything except recycled building materials to be anonymously used somewhere else!
Jan 14, 2013 6:33 AM CST
Convert the school into a national museum as in pearl harbor, world trade center and so on.