The Newtown School Shootings
On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman who shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killed 20 children and six of their teachers and school leaders. It was the deadliest K-12 school shooting in U.S. history. Since the day of the shootings, the tragedy has had a far-reaching effect on schools. In ongoing coverage, Education Week captured the grief and reflection felt in Newtown and nationwide and reported on the increased emphasis on school safety. Read our complete coverage:
White roses with the faces of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are displayed on a telephone pole near the school in Newtown, Conn., on the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting that left 26 dead, including 20 children. —Jessica Hill/AP


While districts have beefed up safety measures and added armed security, only a small fraction of the laws proposed in the immediate aftermath of the school shootings have been enacted. (December 10, 2013)


Nelba Marquez-Greene, whose daughter Ana Grace was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year, writes about the courage of teachers. (September 6, 2013)

As the anniversary of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., approaches, there are signs that the news media is showing some uncharacteristic self-restraint. (December 12, 2013)

Lawyers for Newtown, Conn., released recordings of 911 calls from the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The release resulted in media ethics discussions and reviews of police response to the massacre. (December 4, 2013)

An investigation of Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School found no clear motive for gunman Adam Lanza, a report released Monday said. (November 25, 2013)

An overflow crowd of 200 Newtown, Conn., residents voted to use $750,000 in grant money to begin construction on a new Sandy Hook Elementary School. (July 25, 2013)

The community foundation responsible for dividing donated money up among the families of those killed in the school shootings last year in Newtown, Conn., has announced the final distribution plan for those funds. (July 18, 2013)


School Safety Legislation Since Newtown

An Education Week analysis of nearly 400 bills found that state lawmakers have proposed a host of solutions, including arming teachers, adding police officers, and improving school buildings. (April 25, 2013)

Two mothers who lost their daughters in the Sandy Hook school shooting last year are leading an initiative to increase security in schools nationwide. (December 6, 2013)

What should be one of the most important policies a school can have is often difficult to craft and implement. (August 20, 2013)

The guide is a compilation of the lessons and best practices that have been gleaned from agencies and schools that have dealt with a range of emergencies. (June 19, 2013)

Six months since the shootings in Newtown, how schools protect students from shootings and disasters of any kind remains very much in the spotlight. (June 14, 2013)

Proposals prompted by the killings in Newtown, Conn., gain some ground in the Senate. (April 17, 2013)


In a fictitious school policy memo, Thomas P. Johnson tackles the logistics of arming teachers. (April 12, 2013)

A coalition of organizations unveiled its plan to head off school violence through positive behavioral approaches and better training and support for students and staff. (March 28, 2013)

Critics say an increase in police presence will funnel students into the juvenile-justice system for matters administrators should handle in-house. (March 12, 2013)

House Panel Grapples With School Safety Issues

(March 6, 2013)

Armed Teachers: Should Parents Have the Right to Know?

(March 4, 2013)

Police With Guns in Every S.C. School Would Cost $80M Annually

(February 28, 2013)

Experts: Add Counselors, Not Armed Teachers, to Boost School Safety

(February 27, 2013)

Survey: Teachers Feel Safe at School; Decline Carrying Guns

(February 26, 2013)

Armed Educators a Reality in Some Schools, Debated in Others

(February 15, 2013)

From Air Raids to Fake Gunfire, Safety Drills Evolve

(January 31, 2013)

Districts Get Bold on School Security

(January 23, 2013)

Chicago Years Inform Ed. Secretary's Views on Gun Violence

(January 11, 2013)

Opposition, Support Grow for Adding Armed Police at Schools

(January 11, 2013)

NRA Calls for Armed School Security in Wake of Newtown Shootings

(December 21, 2012)

Debate Stirred on Arming Teachers, School Staff

(December 19, 2012)

At Sandy Hook School, Tragic Day Unfolds

On Dec. 14, the news out of a Newtown, Conn., elementary school grew grimmer by the second. (January 8, 2013)

Asperger's syndrome didn't cause Adam Lanza's violent attack, say groups representing people with disabilities. (January 8, 2013)

Long before she ever taught at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connie Sullivan had decided the teachers there were rock stars. (December 26, 2012)


Newtown, Conn., and Sandy Hook Elementary should be remembered for their caring community, not just tragedy, Jim Dillon writes. (December 21, 2012)

As Newtown, Conn., administrators are learning, school leaders walk a delicate tightrope in helping their schools find "a new normal" in the wake of a tragedy. (December 20, 2012)


Tragedies like the one in Newtown, Conn., reverberate long after the emergency passes, but schools can alter their teaching practices to help survivors cope and move ahead, Carolyn Mears writes. (December 19, 2012)

The events of Dec. 14—and particularly the actions of the Sandy Hook educators—have brought teachers both deep grief and a strong sense of resolve. (December 18, 2012)


A middle school teacher describes how she walked "a fine line" in answering her students' questions about the Sandy Hook school shooting. (December 19, 2012)

On Dec. 14, six members of the faculty and 20 1st graders at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., were killed at the hands of a violent gunman intent on doing harm. See their faces and learn their names. (December 18, 2012)

Despite the scope of last week's school shooting tragedy, Sandy Hook educators did everything right, according to authorities on school security. (December 18, 2012)


'I Want to Help': A Teacher and Columbine Survivor Speaks Out

(December 18, 2012)

In Newtown's Wake, Psychologist Shares Experience From '89 Tragedy

(December 18, 2012)

In the Wake of Newtown, Helping Children Cope

(December 17, 2012)

EdWeek's Opinion Bloggers React to Newtown

(December 14, 2012 - December 20, 2012)

Conn. Shootings Send Ripple Effects to Districts Nationwide

(December 17, 2012)

Multiple Deaths, Children Among Them, in Conn. School Shooting

(December 14, 2012)

School Safety Legislation Since Newtown

An Education Week analysis of nearly 400 bills found that state lawmakers have proposed a host of solutions, including arming teachers, adding police officers, and improving school buildings.

School Safety Legislation Since Newtown

Sandy Hook: Words and Actions

The months following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School were filled with emotional responses from victims' family members and influential educational and political leaders. Here's a sampling of their remarks and the actions that followed.


Educators Learn the Right Way to Bear Arms

Education Week's Nirvi Shah spent the afternoon at a shooting range with teachers and staff from Clifton, Texas, some of whom, despite their inexperience and the gravity of the responsibility, are determined to pursue their concealed handgun permits.


School Violence and Security

Look back at significant events in U.S. history involving school violence, security, and discipline.


Newtown School Shooting: Your Reactions

Educators, how (if at all) do you plan on addressing the Conn. tragedy in your classroom? Do you and your students feel safe in your school? What steps can be taken to keep students and school staff safe from such attacks? Join the discussion.

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