The people in Newton, Ct., are adamant: They do not want a return to their streets of the antenna-topped vans from an international array of news media, and reporters holding microphones to their faces for this Saturday’s one-year anniversary of the school shootings, reports the New York Times. So intent is the town on suppressing attention that officials are urging businesses, churches and institutions to not let TV vans use their parking lots. The police will also be on the lookout for any such vans parked along the winding roads outside of town.
The town will not mark the anniversary of the shooting with a public remembrance. Schools or houses of worship may mark the day with speeches or prayers for the 20 first graders and six adults who were killed, but there will be no globally broadcast roll call of names, no playing of bagpipes, no honor guards. “All of these children, they need a chance to be happy,” said Maria Ruggiero of the Village Perk Cafe, speaking of the town's children. “This constant reminder of sadness, it needs to stop. That's why we want the media to stay away.” NBC and ABC say they have no plans to dispatch fully equipped crews through Newtown that day. CBS News plans to be there, though it has already been turned down for some spots to park trucks. “Our goal is to have the smallest footprint possible,” said CBS News’ Tim Gaughan.