Sandy Hook Elementary was evacuated this morning after receiving a bomb threat. According to the Newtown Police Department, it received a phone call around 9 a.m ET saying that a bomb was at the school. Officers were sent to the school to perform a search just a precaution as none of the officers in the department felt the threat was credible.
Police Lt. Aaron Bahamonde said that the school was evacuated as a precaution and the school’s superintendent thought it best to send students and staff home for the day.
It has been 6 years to the day since Adam Lanza, 20-years-old, walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut on December 14th, 2012 and shot and killed 20 children between the ages of six and seven, as well as six adult staff members. Lanza also killed his own mother before driving to the school that fateful day. As first responders arrived at the school, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The incident was the deadliest mass shooting at either a high school or grade school in U.S. history and the fourth-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history.
The threat to the school came on the day after police departments across the country and Canada were alerted to bomb threats that were sent to businesses, hospitals, and courthouses. According to authorities in the U.S. and in Canada, the threats were either emailed or phoned in.
Police departments in cities such as Detroit, San Francisco, Washington, and Oklahoma City were investigating bomb threats. The NYPD, in a series of tweets sais it was monitoring “multiple bomb threats that had been electronically to various locations throughout the city.”
In Oklahoma City, a police spokesman said that 10-13 email bomb threats were sent to businesses and other places in and around the city. The department said that investigators did not find anything serious.
So why? Why today? Why on this day that is still so raw in the hearts and minds of Americans? 26 human beings were stolen from this world on that day and the families of those victims will never fully “heal” from that trauma. All they can is survive.
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