Newtown Debates Fate of School

Many residents of Newtown, Conn., met in the auditorium of Newtown High School on Sunday for the first of several meetings to discuss the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School building—the site of the shooting that killed 26 people in December. Currently the school remains a crime scene, and its 400 students have been attending a formerly shuttered school in Monroe, Conn. Opinions varied sharply on whether to tear the school down, renovate and reopen it, or turn it into a shrine or a park. Alternative ideas on Sunday included turning the school into a planetarium or converting it into a center for peace education. One resident, who advocated the building’s destruction, said, “I cannot ask my son or any of the people at the school to ever walk back into that building, and he has asked to never go back.”