With the demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School set to begin next week, steps are being taken to prevent any sort of exploitation of materials found on the site where 20 children and six faculty members were killed last December. It was announced today that confidentiality agreements and extra-careful disposal will be a part of the process of tearing down and rebuilding the school.
On Oct. 5, residents of Newtown, Conn. approved a referendum that would allocate a gift of nearly $50 million from the state to build a brand-new elementary school and erect a memorial on the original grounds.
"We want to be absolutely certain to do everything we can to protect the privacy of the families and the Sandy Hook community," Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra told the Associated Press today. "We're going to every possible length to eliminate any possibility that any artifacts from the building would be taken from the campus and ... end up on eBay."
Access to the site will be closed to the public, including having workers on hand to prevent people in the area from taking any photos or video. Contractors will also be required to sign confidentiality agreements barring discussion of the job in public. As for the building materials, demolition crews will break them down on site and melt away any metal. Anything that can't be crushed then and there or hauled to an undisclosed location will require documentation.
Since the shooting, Sandy Hook students have been attending school about 10 miles away at Chalk Hill Elementary in nearby Monroe, Conn. The local school board's goal is to have the new Sandy Hook Elementary finished by early 2015 or later that fall to allow students to begin a new school year there.