As word spread over the weekend that Sandy Hook Elementary School would be demolished, residents here were split about whether building a new facility on the site of the old one was the best way for the community to move on after one of the nation's deadliest school shootings.
"It sends the message that we are not going to give in to violence and terrorism. We are going to put a stake in the ground, and we are going to do it here," said Bruce Martin, 61 years old, a longtime resident who sent two of his grown children to Sandy Hook Elementary School.
There are some like Patricia Shepard, 51, who also has two children who attended the school. She wanted the school to be relocated but believes demolishing the building sends the wrong message.