Newtown: No Anniversary Visits, Please
Town won't hold public memorial
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 7, 2013 5:49 PM CST
A bus drives past a sign reading 'Welcome to Sandy Hook,' Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Newtown, Conn.   (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(Newser) – December 14 will mark the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings—but there will be no public memorial. Newtown, Conn., doesn't want another media onslaught, and officials are calling on local institutions to keep crews from parking in their lots. "All of these children, they need a chance to be happy," a local cafe worker tells the New York Times. "This constant reminder of sadness, it needs to stop. That’s why we want the media to stay away."

Says the mother of a victim: "It’s very important to all the families that they own their own grieving process." Any memorials will be private affairs at schools or religious institutions. NBC and ABC don't plan to head to Newtown; according to one TV exec, parents have been calling to say TV vans act as painful reminders for kids still dealing with anxiety. CBS does, however, intend to visit, albeit with "the smallest footprint possible": "We don’t want to be intrusive, but we’re confident we can report the story and not get in the way."

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ewd76
Dec 8, 2013 2:53 PM CST
I'm sure they could benefit a lot from tourist dollars.
orlandojonny
Dec 8, 2013 9:31 AM CST
The school has been torn down and all evidence destroyed...what is there to see?
PrimoGusto
Dec 8, 2013 9:07 AM CST
Were people actually going to go there? Or are they just still milking the Newtown cow? Because, I mean, I'm sure that the city would, never, do something like this for financial gain. /sarcasm