Each Sandy Hook Victim's Family Will Get $281K
Committee oversees distribution of $7.7M
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 12, 2013 6:27 AM CDT
Updated Jul 12, 2013 7:28 AM CDT
Krista Rekos, center, mother of Sandy Hook School shooting victim Jessica Rekos, reacts during a public forum on the distribution of Newtown donations.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Newser) – The committee in charge of distributing Sandy Hook donations has a distribution plan: Each victim's family would get $281,000, totaling 95% of the $7.7 million that will be given out. On top of that, families of kids who survived the classroom attacks would receive $20,000 each, and the two wounded teachers would split $150,000, the Hartford Courant reports. The plan should be settled by Monday, says a lawyer involved. The decisions follow a private meeting with families run by a former federal judge, then a public hearing last night on the matter.

Some at the hearing wondered why just $7.7 million was being distributed, when the biggest fund contains $11.4 million. "The intent was to give the money to the victims. We're starting from a false premise and this process is re-victimizing the victims," said one attendee and activist, per the AP. Former judge Alan Nevas said the committee "had no voice in how that amount was reached." The rest of the money, controlled by the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation Inc., will be a "community fund," the Courant notes; future mental health care could be one use, the AP notes.

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coppermouse
Jul 16, 2013 2:08 PM CDT
nothing like profiting from your childs death
crankydude
Jul 14, 2013 9:24 AM CDT
Can't think of a more perfect way to piss money away than "mental health". All of white, middle class humankind thinks they no for certain when it comes to "mental health". On the one hand we believe we must have "experts" while at the same time we all toss around concepts and conclusions like: "subconscious", "sick", "crazy", "needs help".... etc. We need experts AND we all ARE experts because it is all soooooo obvious and simple. So, the money will be spent on talking to some total stranger who has no real sympathy when you could be talking much more to a good friend, for free, who cares and feeling a zillion percent better than from "therapy". If your surgeon kept telling you another surgery was needed you would sue for malpractice. Instead, the fees will be handed over each week for years to someone who says "time is up, see you next time" and NEVER says "wow, you do not need me any more". Very effective. May I please pay a higher fee! Please!
BONEMASTER
Jul 14, 2013 7:17 AM CDT
There is this money coming from? What kind of deal is this? FOOK Sandy Hook. I am tired of that BS . They need to move on. Without taking some one else money.