Thursday, December 20, 2012
Newtown Lawmaker Tells Press, ‘It’s Time to Step Off’
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
One of the state legislators who represents Newtown admonished the press during a memorial today in the General Assembly, insisting it was time to give the community stunned by last week’s massacre space to grieve.
“The community is feeling that the press really needs to step off and let the community grieve, let them bury their loved ones,” said Rep. DebraLee Hovey, a Republican from neighboring Monroe. “Come back in six months and tell the story of the love and faith of this community.”
Hovey, who is one of three representatives and one senator who represent Newtown, said the community understood the rush to cover the story and inform the state and nation about the attack that left 20 children and six educators dead in Sandy Hook Elementary School.
But as Newtown painfully goes through a succession of funerals, the media needs to withdraw, she said.
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