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Newtown demolition: Officials want to eliminate any trace of Sandy Hook

The demolition of Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School will be unusually thorough, say officials, to ensure no part of the school is sold for mementos of the tragic shooting. Most of the building will be completely crushed and hauled away to an undisclosed location. 

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Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., seen here on Dec. 14, 2012, the day of the school shooting, is being thoroughly demolished. Contractors involved in the demolition must sign confidentiality agreements guaranteeing they will conceal all information about the detritus of the building where 26 people were fatally shot.

Julio Cortez/AP/File

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When the old Sandy Hook Elementary School is demolished, building materials will be pulverized on site and metal will be taken away and melted down in an effort to eliminate nearly every trace of the building where a gunman killed 26 people last December.

Contractors also will be required to sign confidentiality agreements and workers will guard the property's perimeter to prevent onlookers from taking photographs or videos.

The goal is to prevent exploitation of any remnants of the building, Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra said Tuesday.

 

"We want to be absolutely certain to do everything we can to protect the privacy of the families and the Sandy Hook community," she said. "We're going to every possible length to eliminate any possibility that any artifacts from the building would be taken from the campus and ... end up on eBay."

Demolition is set to begin next week and be finished before the Dec. 14 anniversary of the shootings. Town voters last month accepted a state grant of $49.3 million to raze the building and build a new school, which is expected to open by December 2016.

The contractors' confidentiality agreements, which were first reported Monday by The News-Times of Danbury, forbid public discussion of the site as well as photographs or disclosure of any information about the building.

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