Newtown asks for privacy ahead of Sandy Hook shooting anniversary
A school bus drives past a lamppost decorated for the holidays, and a sign reading Welcome to Sandy Hook, in Newtown, Conn., Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (AP / Jessica Hill)
Published Monday, December 9, 2013 1:50PM EST
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Officials in the Connecticut town of Newtown are asking for privacy as it marks the first anniversary of the shooting that left 20 children and six staffers dead a school.
Families of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre are asking people to consider marking the anniversary with "acts of kindness."
The families also announced a new website -- http://mysandyhookfamily.org -- with information on how the individual families are honouring the victims.
Saturday is the anniversary of the Dec. 14 massacre. Town officials are not hosting formal events that day. Officials including First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra asked at a news conference Monday for the media to give the town space as it urges people to mark the date in ways that are quiet and personal.