Sandy Hook School Shooting: 5 Latest Developments in Newtown, Conn., Tragedy

By: Cory Lopez / December 18, 2012

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The students of Newtown, Conn., are returning to classrooms Tuesday, as the small New England town struggles to rebound in the wake of one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history.

But just four days after Adam Lanza stormed into Sandy Hook Elementary and gunned down 26 victims — 20 children and 6 adults — that school will remain shut. The district is making plans to enroll surviving Sandy Hook pupils at a former school building in the neighboring town of Monroe, Conn. But in the six Newtown schoolhouses that reopened its doors to roughly 4,700 returning students, tensions are high.

“Obviously, there’s going to be a lot of apprehension. We just had a horrific tragedy,” said Newtown Police Lieutenant George Sinko, according to Reuters. “We had babies sent to school that should be safe and they weren’t. You can’t help but think … if this could happen again.”

Read on for the latest developments in the tragedy that’s gripped the nation.

1. Ke$ha’s “Die Young” drops on charts.
The pop star’s single ranked at No. 3 on radio playlists on Friday, reaching 167 million listeners across the country, according to figures from Mediabase reported by TMZ. But by Monday — just three days after the Sandy Hook mass shooting — “Die Young” lost 19 million listeners in radio play, a sign that stations are pulling the party-themed hit from airwaves.

2. Hollywood is cutting shooting scenes and cancelling premieres.
After calling off the Jack Reacher premiere planned for Saturday in Pittsburg, Pa., Paramount is amending promotional materials for Tom Cruise’s new action flick, which opens Friday. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that one scene in particular is sure to be scrapped from promotional spots: Cruise’s character shooting a semi-automatic weapon. The Weinstein Co. cancelled the Tuesday night Los Angeles, Calif., premiere of Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s new film starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz.

3. ABC pulled murder-filled Scandal episode.
The network took down the mid-season finale of the political thriller TV series from its website in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting. The hour-long episode, which aired Thursday, featured the brutal killing of a family of four. Just after it was made available on ABC.com Monday, it was pulled from the site “out of respect for those affected by the tragic events in Newtown, Conn.” But by Tuesday morning, the episode had been restored on ABC.com.

4. NBC’s The Voice pays tribute.
On Monday night’s episode of the hit singing competition, the contestants, coaches and hosts came together on stage for a rendition of “Hallelujah” in a candle-lit tribute to the Sandy Hook victims. As the group sang somberly, they held white cards emblazoned with names of 26 killed in the massacre.

5. Funerals continue.
On Monday, the Newtown community came together to lay to rest two of the tragedy’s youngest victims, 6-year-old boys Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner. On Tuesday, families and friends will say goodbye to two more children, in funerals for James Mattioli and Jessica Rekos. As the town braces to bury another 22 of their own, residents and visitors have been building makeshift memorials as places to grief together.

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