Panel votes to raze site of Newtown school shooting

A new school may be rebuilt on the site of the old one. Photo: AP

Faced with what one official called a "gut-wrenching" decision, a task force has voted to tear down the site of the Sandy Hook school shooting and build a new school in its place.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 5:22am

US boy, 11, charged after bringing gun to class after massacre

A child looks out the window of a school bus in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 pupils last week. Photo: AFP

An 11-year-old boy has been charged with possessing a deadly weapon after bringing a gun to school, claiming he was worried about a massacre like Connecticut’s, a schools’ spokesman said on Tuesday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Newtown schools reopen as first funerals of shooting victims held

The funeral procession taking the coffin of school shooting victim Jack Pinto, six, to Newtown Village Cemetery. Photo: New York Times

Most children in Newtown returned to classes yesterday for the first time since last week's shooting, but survivors stayed at home and Sandy Hook school remained a crime scene.

In a thin drizzle, yellow school buses once again rolled through the Connecticut town, where 5,400 children are enrolled.

19 Dec 2012 - 4:33am

Outcry over Chinese state media coverage of tragic school attacks

Xie Xinye, a primary school student injured in the knife attack, receives medical treatment in a hospital in Guangshan County, Henan. Photo: Xinhua

Two parallel incidents of mass violence occurred over the weekend: a shooting in Connecticut, in the United States, and a knife attack in Henan province, China - both involved men walking into schools and attacking scores of young children.

18 Dec 2012 - 6:05pm

Sandy Hook school massacre rekindles US gun control debate

Adam Lanza

No one yet knows what transformed nerdy, small-town loner Adam Lanza into a black-clad monster who gunned down 26 people, including 20 young children, at an elementary school.

17 Dec 2012 - 8:01am

Newtown's name becomes synonymous with bloody infamy

A flag hanging in Newtown's business area awaits the names of the 20 small children and six adults slaughtered by Adam Lanza. Residents have been left reeling in horror. Photo: AFP

Evil, as the governor described it, seems incompatible with a place as quaint as this.

Newtown, Connecticut was founded 300 years ago - its population is 27,000 and everybody knows everybody. The high street is just a few clothing or gift shops and a couple of family style restaurants.

17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am

Briefs: US shooting, December 17, 2012

Police arrest school shooting plotter

17 Dec 2012 - 6:16am

'I want Christmas, I don't want to die', pupil said during school shooting

The horror of the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School is shown on the faces of parents, relatives and classmates of those who died. Photo: EPA

First, he killed his mother. Then 20-year-old Adam Lanza drove her car through Newtown, Connecticut, and arrived at a school brimming with the season's joy.

Theodore Varga and other fourth-grade teachers, still glowing from their pupils' concert the previous night, were meeting.

16 Dec 2012 - 5:15am

Quiet Connecticut town rocked by mass school shooting

Family members of students of the Sandy Hook Elementary School get updated information from the police after the fatal school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Photo: Xinhua

The peace and security of the suburban Connecticut community of Newtown lay shattered on Friday after a gunman attacked a primary school in one of the worst mass shootings in US history.

15 Dec 2012 - 9:30am

US school shooting revives gun debate

Supporters of gun control legislation hold candles during a rally to pay respect for the shooting victims in front of the White House in Washington, capital of the United States, Dec. 14, 2012. Photo: Xinhua

Relatives of those killed in past mass shootings reacted with outrage to Friday’s news of another massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut. The tragedy also reignited calls from gun control activists for laws restricting access to weapons.

15 Dec 2012 - 12:51pm