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"I have learned so much in the last ten years": The lasting impact of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

A close-up of pink roses at the Sandy Hook Memorial in Newtown, Connecticut.
Joe Amon
Connecticut Public
A memorial to the 26 people who died during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting quietly opened to the public in Newtown, Connecticut, November 13, 2022.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022, marks 10 years since 20 children and six educators were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. This hour, a look at the emotional impact of the day and post-traumatic growth in its aftermath.

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  • Dannel Malloy: Former governor of Connecticut; he is currently chancellor of the University of Maine system 
  • Scarlett Lewis: Founded the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movementafter her son, 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, was murdered during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting
  • John Woodall: Psychiatrist, medical director of Newtown TMS, and the representative for the Baha’i community to the Newtown Interfaith Council

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Colin McEnroe, Eugene Amatruda, Cat Pastor, and Catie Talarski contributed to this show.

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.
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