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Lawyer: Key Missing From Sandy Hook Massacre Room

He says the emergency folder he inspected should have contained a key

(Newser) - A missing key "is going to be a big part of our case moving forward," says a lawyer for two families who are suing Newtown, Conn., over the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. The Danbury News Times reports that the school district had said in court documents that each... More »

Parents of Newtown Victims Want to See Teachers' Keys

Lawsuit alleges school didn't provide them

(Newser) - Lawyers for the parents of two children killed in the Newtown school shooting are demanding to see evidence that two slain teachers had access to keys that could have been used to lock the doors of their classrooms. The attorneys asked a judge this week to allow them to examine... More »

Persistent Hoax Claims Hang Over Sandy Hook Anniversary

And parents who lost their children talk about life after tragedy

(Newser) - Wednesday is the fourth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, in which 20 elementary school students and six teachers were killed by a gunman in Newtown, Connecticut. It was the deadliest school shooting in US history and third deadliest US shooting of any kind. Here's what you need to... More »

Sandy Hook Truther Busted for Threatening Sandy Hook Victim's Parent

Lucy Richards allegedly texted death threats

(Newser) - A "Sandy Hook truther" has been arrested, accused of threatening a parent of one of the children killed in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting in 2012. Lucy Richards, 57, is one of the people who believes the shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six... More »

Newtown Families' Suit Against Gun Maker Dismissed

Their lawyer vows an immediate appeal

(Newser) - A judge on Friday dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit by Newtown families against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, citing an embattled federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products. State Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis... More »

Sandy Hook Mom Pens Moving Letter to Jacob Hall's Mom

'Jacob was your superhero. Dylan was my Superman': Nicole Hockley to Renae Hall

(Newser) - No one ever really knows another's pain over the loss of a loved one, but Nicole Hockley probably has, more than most, a "sense of the journey" Renae Hall is now taking. Hockley is the mom of Dylan Hockley, a 6-year-old who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook... More »

New Sandy Hook School Is Ready for Students

Place of 'laughter, love, and learning' born from tragedy

(Newser) - The name Sandy Hook Elementary School is one that will conjure up images of horror for most Americans—but officials want it to be a place of hope and happiness. The new school in Newtown, Connecticut, is ready for students, almost four years after 20 students and six educators were... More »

Supreme Court: Bans on Assault Weapons Stay

SCOTUS declines to take up challenge

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday allowed bans on assault-style weapons like the one used in the Orlando shooting to remain in place in Connecticut and New York. Without comment, the court declined to hear a challenge to bans on semi-automatic weapons passed after the school attack in Newtown, Conn., reports... More »

Newtown Families' AR-15 Suit Is Chugging Along—Surprisingly

That's not to say its chances look good

(Newser) - In the wake of the Orlando shooting , the New York Times takes a look at how Newtown, Conn., families' battle against the semi-automatic weapon used is faring—and the answer is surprisingly well, at least compared with expectations. That's not to say their suit has gone far: The case... More »

Sandy Hook Truther Sues University That Fired Him

James Tracy says his constitutional rights were violated

(Newser) - The Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist who was fired from his professorship at Florida Atlantic University in January is suing the university. For years, James Tracy has been claiming on his personal blog that the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was a hoax staged to increase support for gun control, and... More »

Police: Newtown Teacher Brought Gun to School

Jason Adams was arrested, charged

(Newser) - Police say a teacher was arrested Wednesday for bringing a gun to the middle school in Newtown, Conn., the same town where, on Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman shot and killed 20 students and six educators at nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School. The 46-year-old teacher, Jason Adams, has a valid... More »

Prof Who Says Sandy Hook Was a Hoax Getting Fired

Parents of victim say he harassed them

(Newser) - A Florida Atlantic University professor has been making waves for years with his conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook massacre, and now the school is taking action. James Tracy has been claiming on his blog since 2013 that the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting was staged, and FAU has reprimanded... More »

Town Tears Down Lanza Home

Newtown lot will be left as open space

(Newser) - The Connecticut home of the man who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been demolished, officials in Newtown say. The 2.1-acre lot where the 3,100-square-foot house once stood in a leafy, suburban neighborhood will be left as open space under a plan approved... More »

Newtown Votes to Destroy Lanza Home

School shooter's home will become open space

(Newser) - The Newtown, Conn., home that one neighbor describes as "a constant reminder of the evil that resided there" is going to be destroyed. Officials in the town have voted to tear down the home where Adam Lanza lived and leave the land as open space, reports the Hartford Courant... More »

Sandy Hook Families Sue Bushmaster

Claim gunmaker knew massacre risks, marketed 'weapon of choice' anyway

(Newser) - Two years ago yesterday, Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and fired 154 bullets in less than five minutes, killing 20 small children and six educators. Today, the families of nine of the victims, along with a wounded teacher who survived, have filed suit against the maker of... More »

Adam Lanza's 'Unsalable' House to Get New Owner

Town of Newtown deeded home by bank

(Newser) - The town of Newtown, Conn., will soon be the owner of a 3,100-square-foot Colonial-style home on 2.1 acres that is otherwise, per a lawyer involved with the house, essentially unsalable: that of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza. Lanza killed his mother Nancy in the home; at... More »

Report: Newtown Shooter Could Have Been Helped

Instead, parents, school sheltered and 'appeased' Adam Lanza

(Newser) - Parental denial and stunning breakdowns in his educational and medical treatment led to plenty of missed opportunities to get Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza the help he needed and perhaps avoid the 2012 tragedy, a report released today by the Office of the Child Advocate reveals. Lanza had "'... More »

Sandy Hook Evacuated Over Bomb Threat

Threat called in this morning; kids were sent home but no danger found

(Newser) - A bomb threat has led to the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley says the threat was called in to the school at 9:30am this morning and the evacuation was ordered as a precaution. He says the school building and grounds... More »

Peter Lanza Tells His Story

Says he wishes son Adam had never been born

(Newser) - More than a year after his son killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Peter Lanza is talking. Lanza met with Andrew Solomon six times starting last fall, and the result is an extensive, nearly 7,600-word profile in the New Yorker in which Lanza says of son Adam,... More »

Lanza Called Radio Station to Talk About Crazed Chimp

Caller, purported to be Lanza, likened 'Travis' to a 'teenage mall shooter'

(Newser) - Adam Lanza left behind no clues as to why he killed 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary, but the New York Daily News claims it has accessed audio of a seven-minute call he made to an Oregon radio station that gives a little more insight into his dark... More »

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