Former Newtown Resident Speaks Out About Her Hometown Tragedy

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

December 14, 2012

There's no place like home. After Friday's horrific incident at Sandy Hook Elementary, one Charlottesville woman tells us about what Newtown is like.

"I think it's really hard to look back and think that something so
tragic happened to your community. A place you grew up, that you love
that you visit multiple times a year. It's really hard to think about
the families that are affected. It's tragic there's no other way to
describe it. It's by far the worst thing that's happened to that
area," said Colleen Davis, who has been living in Charlottesville for several years now. Her family still lives in Newtown.

Now she is reflecting on her life at home and what it used to be like.

"I mean we would wait at the bus stop by ourselves it was perfectly safe. We'd play out at the playground there were no real concerns with that," she said. "I never recall feeling unsafe, my parents never, ever had to worry about anything."

And when she heard the unimaginable news about her beloved hometown, she thought something had to be wrong.

"I honestly just thought somebody got the facts wrong. I didn't think
it was possible for this to happen in that town. My sister and I
started talking people were trying to piece together the information
and I just couldn't' believe that it happened."

Her sister attended Sandy Hook Elementary and her mother worked there. But on Friday, those familiar, nurturing classrooms and halls of Sandy Hook Elementary, were filled with horror.

"This is every teachers nightmare I mean you hear about emergency
situations but you never think you actually will be in them. But this
was the real thing. You read details about teachers needing to secure
their classrooms, putting their kids in closets putting them over in
the corner, anything to just keep them safe."

The peaceful, close-knit, historic community she remembers, will be much different when she goes home for Christmas this year.

"It's going to be a time of grieving. People walk the historic town to look at Christmas lights and go to candlelight vigils and everything and I just think that it's just gonna be a really tough time for people this holiday season."

But she says knowing how supportive and love the community has always been, everyone will comfort and hopefully move forward together.

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