Leave Newtown in peace for anniversary of shooting

The residents of Newtown, Conn.  – whose lives were violently disrupted by a massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary last year on Dec. 14 – have asked media to leave them alone this year. No breathless “one year ago today!” stories while standing right where it happened, no interviewing any residents about their grieving process, no emotion-laden features with haunting music. Nobody in this country needs any treacly, heart-wrenching reminders of what they will never forget … and if you absolutely must produce them, there’s no need to go to Newtown to do it.

Reporters, editors and TV producers: Please, out of human decency, respect the townspeople’s wishes.

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