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Sandy Hook Victim's Mother Helping Make Sudbury Schools Safer

The Boston Globe reported on Michele Gay's efforts since she moved to Sudbury after her daughter, Justine, was shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.

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A Friday Boston Globe article highlighted the efforts of Michele Gay, who has worked diligently to make sure Sudbury Public Schools are as safe as possible after she moved to town just weeks after her seven-year-old daughter was killed during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Josephine Gay was shot and killed by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, in December 2012. The shooting was just several weeks before the Gay family was moving to Sudbury.

According to the Boston Globe feature story, the family moved to Sudbury as planned. Since doing so, Michele has made it her mission to help improve the safety of her children's new school district.

Michele has worked closely with town and school officials since moving to Sudbury. 

Thanks to a donation of about $20,000 worth of equipment by Ohio company NaviGate Prepared, Sudbury Public Schools will have top-notch equipment including live video feeds from six Sudbury schools to the police department, interactive floor plans of each school, and virtual views of every classroom, utility closet, and hallway, the Boston Globe reported.

Click here to read more about the Gay family's mission to help protect Sudbury students.
Kelly Hoar April 27, 2014 at 11:39 PM
Thank you Michele for working so hard to take further steps to increase the safety and well being not only of our children, but that of our teachers and staff. I admire your efforts and courage!
Concerned Sudbury Parent April 28, 2014 at 05:33 PM
I second Kelly's comments! We should all be grateful for Michele's contribution and it most certainly will not be in vain. We can never ensure perfect security at schools, airports, shopping malls,etc. Does that mean we should stop trying?
Spanky Simian April 28, 2014 at 08:35 PM
I think you are missing the point. Because of the political structure in places like CT and MA, necessary funding for the mentally ill is purposefully redirected to the welfare classes to buy votes and keep the precious democrat party in power. If the government was serious about stopping horrific events from happening, then re-opening these safe haven hospitals for the mentally ill would be the greatest single step in ensuring everyone's safety. But realize that mental patients do not vote and realize any politician worth his weight in pork will never throw your money toward something that does not buy votes. But by-god they will throw thousands of mental patients out onto the streets in both MA and CT to buy votes.
Concerned Sudbury Parent April 29, 2014 at 06:08 AM
Silence - I also don't wear tinfoil hats or worry about the government sending black helicopters...
Kelly Hoar April 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM
Here's the thing, every person who suffers from mental illness does not belong in a mental institute and truly your missing the entire boat. While money was taken away from these facilities to support or provide funding to other government run programs etc. other programs where funded. Absolutely some people who where let out that should have remained locked up and many have. However there where several/ 100's of men and women locked up living worse than criminals because they where the unheard voice and this fine state left them there to suffer deplorable conditions. Finally when people began advocating for them, money went and still does go to programs that serve as homes for people unable to care for themselves. and those who are incapable to function at an accepted level the state funds daily with your taxes, its called prison. Since you seem to have so much knowledge about mental illness you know that several youth and adults who kill show little to no signs at all! While it was certainly apparent that this particular young adult had several issues that we all wish his own mother dealt with; she didn't and that community suffered an unimaginable life altering loss b/c of a seriously neglectful parent.. NO one could of known what he would do, nor taken his rights away and deem him mentally incapacitated. Just as they could not do to any of the recent youth who have recently murdered school mates. Since we do not live in a Utopian society, be thankful that people like Michele Gay stand up and do what they can to help protect others. Silence Do bad, Since you are one of those people who fear being outed in the community and you hide behind a name that speaks volumes! Your attempt to take a wonderful program and twist it into your political war, demonstrates that you should step back and reflect upon what you say and your mind frame. Your right of freedom of speech, does not give you the right to be so damn right rude and neglectful of other peoples lives nor attempt to devalue what this mother (Mrs. Gay) and her family has struggled with and what she is doing for our community! Frankly you should apologize to her, seriously!

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