Newtown School Shooting

Updates on the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

Local rabbi says “timing stinks” on 911 release

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Rabbi Shaul Praver of Congregation Adath Israel in Newtown has not listened to the publicized 911 emergency tapes from the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, nor does he know that he will. What he does know is that “the timing stinks.” “Come on people, really?” Praver queried. With the anniversary just over a week away, Praver pondered […] [Read More]
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Sandy Hook parents shuns 911 tapes

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Sandy Hook father Andrew Paley was in a Pittsburgh airport restaurant Wednesday afternoon when the television screen above him advised of a news announcement about the release of the 911 tapes from the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting. “I literally got up and left,” said Paley, whose twin sons were fourth-graders in the school on that fateful […] [Read More]
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Victim father asks that anniversary be marked with kindness

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In Neil Heslin’s mind, the best way to honor the 26 Sandy Hook Elementary School victims is to be good to one another. Be it buying a cup of coffee for another person in line at Dunkin’ Donuts, or mowing a neighbor’s lawn, or just offering a friendly hug to someone who needs one, Heslin wants […] [Read More]
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Father of victim hopes tape release ends chaos and politics around tragedy

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Sandy Hook Elementary School father Neil Heslin, whose six-year-old son Jesse Lewis was one of the 20 child victims in the mass slaying on Dec. 14, said he would have preferred the 911 emergency tapes be kept private, but now that they have become public he prays they will not be used to exploit the tragedy […] [Read More]
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Sandy Hook custodian aids dispatchers while in harms way

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With gunshots echoing in the distance, acting head custodian Rick Thorne put thoughts of his own life aside as helped instruct the police response to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly a year ago this month. Thorne, one of the first calls received by the Newtown dispatch center on Dec. 14, tell […] [Read More]
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Newtown releases audio from 911 calls made on morning of massacre

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Audio: Listen to the calls here (WARNING THIS MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME READERS) Their out-of-breath voices trembling with fear and interrupted by the blast of gunshots, Sandy Hook Elementary School employees pleaded with emergency dispatchers for help multiple times on the morning of the worst grade-school shooting in U.S. history, newly released audio from […] [Read More]
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SHES recordings: Police dispatchers seem to delay arrival of EMS personnel

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“Well, I’m not sending them in yet,” said one Newtown Police dispatcher, in apparent reaction to a report of a wounded adult in the school. In the background, just before the dispatcher’s remarks, is the report of  “a female party shot in the foot” in the classroom facing the playground. Another recording includes an exchange […] [Read More]
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Sandy Hook’s head custodian pleaded for quicker police response

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Rick Thorne, acting head custodian that fatal morning in Newtown, pleaded for police to arrive and stop Adam Lanza’s murderous rampage. “I keep hearing shooting…I keep hearing shooting,” Thorne told police dispatchers, according to 911 recordings released this afternoon after a court order. Several gunshots are heard in the background. “There’s still shooting going on […] [Read More]
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