It has been less than a year since the tragic events of December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary school and contractors are beginning the process of demolishing the school. This is a project that has been in the works for quite some time. It was clear that neither student nor parent wanted to return to that school after the horrifying and tragic events of the shooting that took place there and therefore demolishing it seemed to be the best and only option. Children were having a difficult enough time returning to school at all, even at a neighboring school, the idea of sending them back to the place where they watched their friends and teachers die was not an option. Demolishing the school would never bring the victims back but it would help to bring some sort of closure to the town.
Prior to beginning the project the contractors are being asked to sign agreements swearing their confidentiality about the site and forgoing taking any photo or providing any information about the building where the unbearable tragedy unfolded. According to Will Rodgers, town Selectman, these confidentiality agreements are being signed because they want to protect the school. The school shooting and the reality of just how awful the tragedy was is an extremely sensitive subject because of the lost young lives of 20 children and the six people sworn to protect and educate them.
In order to protect the school Consigli Construction, who is managing the project, have blocked off the property and will do screens of the area to keep out spectators trying to get a look at the process of demolishing the school. Furthermore, security guards will be on hand on a full-time basis to prevent the site from being entered or disturbed until the process is finished. However, families of the young victims and survivors have been granted access to the site, as they need. The process can be both therapeutic and bring back terrible memories. The families of the victims are being taken into severe consideration and the entire process of being completed with sensitivity and compassion.