Skip to comments.Two choirs cause tension in Sandy Hook
Posted on 02/08/2013 5:01:34 PM PST by Uncle Chip
NEWTOWN -- Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson was one of millions awed by the debut of 26 Sandy Hook third- and fourth-graders singing "America the Beautiful'' at the Super Bowl pre-game show in New Orleans.
Weeks earlier, a different group of 21 Newtown youngsters had stirred similar emotions when they sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on national TV.
Now, Robinson is in the center of what has gone from murmurs into a simmering dispute over which singing group truly represents Sandy Hook.
The drama over the two different groups started after New York music producer Tim Hayes decided to tap into the musical arts to help the Sandy Hook community heal after the Sandy Hook massacre.
Days after the shooting, Hayes called school leaders about coordinating a student-focused musical performance.
He said he was politely rejected because administrators felt it was too soon. He approached churches and received a similar answer. He was then steered to the Newtown Youth Academy and ultimately a private theater studio in town, Encore Productions.
Encore owner Sabrina Post volunteered to assist Hayes with the project. She enlisted children enrolled in her program as well as their local friends and relatives. All 21 children from kindergarten age to 13 are Newtowners, he said.
As the project progressed, the children were invited to perform at the Ridgefield theater and at a New York Knicks game. On Sunday they will sing for the pre-Grammy show.
Unbeknownst to Hayes, however, an anonymous donor on a parallel track arranged to send 26 Sandy Hook Elementary children to the Super Bowl. Those were a different group of children altogether.
Confusion ensued. School leaders and Sandy Hook families were suddenly thrust into the limelight.
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Like dogs fighting over the scraps of the dead children of Sandy hook.
They should all be ashamed of themselves.
As Hillary C. might say, “ Who cares? What difference does it make?”
When I was a journalist, I would have pointed out that the out of town industry guy was twice rebuffed by the actual people he wanted to ‘heal’.
But he kept it up until he found someone willing to help him. Help him what? get cred? Attention? Future income based on his affiliation with these kids/the massacre?
This is why I am no longer a journalist. Questions like that get edited from articles.
They are vultures sniffing for grant money.
from April 2005:
NEWTOWN - Two months ago, Newtown High School choral director Sabrina Post was placed on leave. Administrators wouldn’t say why, citing school policy and Post’s privacy rights.
That upset some parents and students, who thought Post, the senior class adviser and coordinator of the school musical, deserved a chance to give her side of the story.
This week, parents and students got an explanation.
Police arrested Post, 47, and charged her with attempting to collect thousands of dollars from the school district by using bogus expense vouchers and other means.
In some cases, according to court records, she altered invoices before requesting compensation from the school district.
EYEP, A REAL SWEETHEART:
Disgusting. Fighting over who gets to be the OFFICIAL Sandy Hook Choir of Death. People are sick in this country. Sickos!!!
Good on you, Doogle.
That dates back to 2005.
She has no business getting near the children and money!
Some of those people are exploiting the children and I find it “disgusting.”
Excellent research! I’d say you are doing some real investigative journalism.
"Nuh uuuuh, I wanna sing at the 2013 Superbowl with Carly Rae Jepsen!!!"
"Children, children. Americans are stupid enough to believe our lies about 'the shooting,' which is why you little idiots are arguing over a song instead of grieving like people normally do after a REAL SHOOTING."