The new Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, opened its doors to the public for the first time on Friday. The $50 million, 86,800-square-foot building officially starts hosting students next month when school starts.
Before Newtown: Connecticut’s First School Shooting
27-years before Adam Lanza entered Sandy Hook Elementary and murdered 27 people, there was another, little discussed school shooting in Connecticut.
On December 11, 1985, 13-year old Floyd Warmsley was told by his principal to remove his hat, which was against school rules. The eighth grader was “reluctant to do so”, so he walked home, stole his fathers Tec-9 assault pistol, walked back to Portland Junior High School and entered the principals office.
He pulled the gun from his trench coat, and pointed it at the principal. Another teacher pushed him out of the way and they both hid in an office. Warmsley then shot and injured the school secretary, before going to the upper level of the school, randomly shooting at lockers and taking a student hostage.
The school janitor, David Bangston, was returning from his break just as the vice principal announced via the intercom that there was an active shooter in the building. Warmsley aimed down the hallway and shot Langston from about 200 feet away, killing him instantly. Several hours went by as the parent of the student he took hostage pleaded with him over the intercom system. Eventually Warmsley threw the pistol out of the window and surrendered himself to the authorities.
Floyd Warmsley was tried as a juvenile, found guilty and sentenced to four years in a juvenile facility. He was released after three years for good behavior.
To all those children and adults who lost their lives: May you rest in peace. You didn’t deserve what happened to you, not at all.
To the families of the victims: My prayers are with you. I’m so sorry for your loss. It was an utterly senseless tragedy.
To the kids forced to witness this tragedy: Be strong, kiddos. You shouldn’t have had your innocence taken by this madman, but you are not alone. The entire country stands with you right now.
To Adam Lanza: May you burn in hell you twisted fuck. There is a special place in hell for sick bastards who kill fucking KIDS. Kindergartners, you fucker. You are a twisted fucker who deserves whatever torment the afterlife bestows on you. I hope you feel the pain of every family you just destroyed, of every life you cut brutally short. Burn, asshole, burn.