14 January 2013

Sandy Hook Elementary-Should it be torn down?


By Guest Blogger: Jason Martinez
Today, parents and other members of the community in Newtown, CT will meet to discuss the future of Sandy Hook Elementary. As of today, the school is still considered a crime scene. If you’re a parent of elementary school-aged kids like me…ask yourself this. Could you send your kids back in to those same classrooms again?
 
Should it be torn down? If it was up to me…I’d say hell yes. This was a massacre. The healthy learning environment it once was…is tainted forever. Out of respect for the victims and families…it should ultimately be THEIR choice on whether this school remains standing. And IF they decide that breaking out the wrecking ball is the next best step….then my idea is put on a telethon-style donation drive. Put it on every network during primetime programming. Americans who were so desperate to help in the aftermath…can now contribute and pay for a new state-of-the-art school. When people ask….”what’s wrong with this country….I always think in response….”What’s RIGHT with this country?” By in large, Americans are still good, sympathetic and generous human beings. I truly think people will step up to the plate in a telethon like this as they’ve done with Haiti, 9-11, Stand Up to Cancer….and now Sandy Hook. I’ll pledge the first $100.
 One more thing. Change the name. Goodbye Sandy Hook Elementary. Hello “Hochsprung Elementary”….as in Dawn Hochsprung….the Principal who died for her students. What’s more symbolic and fitting than that?