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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 »

Newtown Charity Is Missing $70K in Donations

One co-founder points the finger at another

(Newser) - A charity formed after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School has been unable to account for more than $70,000 it raised through marathon running. Co-founder Ryan Graney of Nashville said only $30,000 of the $103,000 taken in by the 26.4.26 Foundation was used... More »

Adam Lanza's Therapist Gave Up His License

Psychiatrist allegedly had sexual relationship with patient: records

(Newser) - A psychiatrist who saw Adam Lanza several years ago gave up his license last year after he was accused of sexual relations with a patient, the AP reports, based on newly-available public records. Dr. Paul L. Fox hadn't seen Lanza since Lanza was about 15, he told police following... More »

Officer to Adam Lanza: Who Shot You?

Was apparently unaware Lanza had been the gunman; police report made public

(Newser) - State police in Connecticut today made public thousands of pages related to their investigation into Adam Lanza and the Newtown shooting, and media outlets are poring over the text, audio, and video to see whether they might shed more light on his actions. You can see the files here . Authorities... More »

Why the Mentally Ill Are Allowed to Own Guns

Federal, state laws won't budge on the issue

(Newser) - Mentally ill, and legally armed? America's latest gun-rights debate revealed a little-known loophole: that the mentally ill can often keep their guns, even after making violent threats, the New York Times reports. Most states abide by federal law, which requires guns to be confiscated only after someone has been... More »

On Sandy Hook Anniversary, Mom Recalls Last Day With Daughter

Teresa Bomgardner Rousseau remembers daughter Lauren

(Newser) - As President Obama marked the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy with a moment of silence , one of the grieving mothers marked it with 1,248 heart-wrenching words. Teresa Bomgardner Rousseau's daughter, Lauren, had recently been hired as a full-time substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School on... More »

91 Kids Age 10 or Younger Shot to Death in 2012

'Washington Post' analysis finds total goes way beyond Newtown

(Newser) - The 20 children shot to death inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last year account for only about a fifth of the young kids fatally shot in 2012, according to a Washington Post analysis. The survey finds that 91 children age 10 or younger were killed in deliberate shootings... More »

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