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Sandy Hook Advisory Commission holds first gathering

The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, charged with the broad task of reviewing school safety, mental health and gun violence prevention has met for the first time. 

 

Virginia Law Professor Richard Bonnie says victims families will and have become advocates to ensure that something useful comes from their loss.  Virginia Tech Families are still playing a role in the work that is continuing to be done.

 

Former Newtown State Representative Chris Lyddy asked Columbine Commissioner Bill Ritter how long it took to author the final report and getting to that point in the process.  Newtown Middle School teacher Ron Chivinski pulled his questions from the Columbine report.  The report recommended that certain security equipment wouldn't forestall school violence.

 

Ritter says the statement goes on to say that there may be places where it is important to "harden the target", but they didn't want to make it the response.  He feels that is still the appropriate recommendation.  Ritter notes the thought that installing metal detectors alone will make schools safer is still the wrong direction.

 

Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky told the panel he's prevented from turning over information about the shooter's mental health background.  Sedensky said the case remains under investigation and could take until June before a report is ready from the state police. He acknowledged, however, that no prosecution "appears on the horizon".

 

Sedensky said while Adam Lanza's mental health information is privileged, he did express a willingness to work with the commission.

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