Newtown parent: better communication was needed

HARTFORD — A parent of one of the 20 first-graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School says communication between Newtown officials and local families broke down at points in the shooting’s aftermath.

David Wheeler lost his son, Benjamin, in the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre. He told a state commission reviewing the school shooting on Friday via Skype that if another tragedy happens, there needs to be a better flow of information.

Wheeler says some examples of the poor communication included receiving information late about available counseling services and school officials appearing to make decisions about the contents of the school yearbook without input from parents.

Newtown officials didn’t immediately return messages Friday.

The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is working on recommendations on school safety, mental health and gun violence prevention.



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