Sandy Hook School Shooting: 5 Latest Developments in Newtown, Conn., Tragedy
The town will see three funerals held for Allison Wyatt, Benjamin Wheeler and Catherine Hubbard, all 6-year-old pupils who perished when Adam Lanza stormed through Sandy Hook last Friday and gunned down 26 victims — 20 children and six adults — before taking his own life.
A memorial service will also be held for substitute teacher Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, 30, who was hired full time at the Connecticut school in November.
Read on for the latest developments in one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history.
1. Judd Apatow defends child murder jokes in This Is 40.
In the the forthcoming comedy, there is a scene which sees Albert Brooks‘ strapped-for-cash character spray down his triplets with a hose, joking that he will kill them to save money. “Line up! Line up for murder!” he says in This Is 40, which Apatow penned and directed. “Come on! Who wants to be killed?” But even in the wake of last week’s massacre, the scene — written two years ago — will not be cut from the film, as it “is spoken by a sarcastic father kidding with his children,” Apatow explained to TMZ. “In light of recent events, I understand if some people might make an unfortunate association or put it in a context in which it was not intended.”
2. Reports swirl that Ke$ha is lying about her “Die Young” lyrics.
Just days after the Sandy Hook mass shooting, Ke$ha’s chart-blazing single “Die Young” lost 19 million listeners in radio play. Then the pop star said she never want to sing those party-themed lyrics in the first place. “I understand. I had my very own issue with ‘die young’ for this reason,” Ke$ha tweeted on Tuesday, a message that has since been deleted. “I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.” But back in November, Ke$ha told New York radio station 95.5 WPLJ that she “wrote and rewrote and rewrote that song ten times.” Not only did she embrace writing credit, but the singer made “sure that every word rings true to me because I would never want to misrepresent myself to millions of people around the world.”
3. Celebrities take out New York Times ad calling for gun control.
After President Barack Obama announced an inter-agency process to develop new gun policies in the wake of the school massacre, celebrities have taken out a newspaper ad to show support for stricter firearm restrictions. “The time has come for courage,” reads the ad, which include signatures from Lady Gaga, Martha Stewart, MC Hammer and Goldie Hawn, among others. “The Courage to make our schools and workplaces, our shopping malls and movie theaters — all the places we share every day — safe from gun violence. The courage to stand up to the NRA — to put human life ahead of extreme ideology. The courage to ban weapons of mass murder that at anytime, anywhere, can turn America into a killing field.”
4. Paul Simon sings at funeral of slain Sandy Hook teacher.
Singer-songwriter Paul Simon, of Simon & Garfunkel fame, belted out “The Sounds of Silence” as first-grade teacher Victoria Soto, who died shielding her students from the gunman in the Friday massacre, went to her grave. The musician, who knows the Soto family through his sister-in-law, serenaded the mourners at Lordship Community Church in Stratford, Conn., according to the NY Daily News.
5. The X Factor honors the victims of Sandy Hook.
In part one The X Factor‘s finale, the top 13 contestants sung Michael Jackson‘s “You Are Not Alone” in honor of those affected by the massacre. It comes on the heels of The Voice and Saturday Night Live performing musical tributes in memory of the victims.
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