If we ignore our better judgment and continue to treat the wild-eyed conspiracy theorists, con-men, and criminals who make up the Sandy Hook denialist cult with a level of respect that they have neither earned nor deserve by limiting our look at the school itself to the years of 2008 through 2012 – years that these total whackadoos, without so much as a whiff of actual evidence, falsely contend that the school was closed – we find yet another point of interest in the numerous glass display cases found in the school’s lobby area; somewhere in between 3-6 of them at a time throughout the years. Most of these cases were tall, vertical cabinets, located just inside of the main entrance, usually along the large front window Adam Lanza used to gain entry into the school. There was also a museum-like table display, which was moved around from time to time, depending on what was being featured. Lastly, there was a large display built into the wall at the corner of the lobby, in between the office and the west hallway. What these items have in common – besides the obvious, of course – is that in photographs published in the Newtown Bee, the Newtown Patch, as well as on the school’s website (all of which are included below), we can see their contents change time and time again, providing even more evidence of normal student activity inside of the school. Unless, of course, you somehow still believe that mystery agents spent four years meticulously and realistically decorating and furnishing a building (with up-to-date magazines for parents, brand new children’s books, thousands and thousands of dollars worth of cutting-edge technology, and of course pizza) that, according to James Fetzer, Wolfgang Halbig, Maria Hsia Chang – the usual cast of clowns – was “infested with asbestos” and being used exclusively for storage. And all for the benefit of some photographs most people will never see.
In this photograph showing kindergartners visiting Sandy Hook a week before the official start of the school year, we can see that the three vertical cabinets as well as the table display are completely empty.
Just behind this board welcoming author Barbara McClintock to the school, what looks like children’s watercolor paintings (sorry, I’m not much of an artist!) line the display built into the lobby wall. As we’ll see, these displays often featured artwork created by the school’s students.
Originally published in the Newtown Patch, this photograph shows four vertical displays, filled with what appears to be a mix of clay figurines and/or pottery (which we will see again shortly, in pictures from the school’s annual art show). Additional pieces can be seen sitting on top of the table display.
Taken at Sandy Hook’s 2011 Veterans Day breakfast, this photograph shows victim Jesse Lewis and his grandfather standing in front of the lobby’s built-in display, which features games, books, and other items available in the school’s holiday shop. One of the items shown is the Highlights “Puzzles & Games” 2012 wall calendar, which certainly would not be available in 2008:
Here we can see the changes that have taken place over the course of just one month. Whereas the inside of this table display was empty in November, it is now filled with art projects while a painting of a rocket ship – displaying the results of a fundraising drive – sits on top.
And now a view of the built-in display, taken on the same day – December 17th, 2011 – as the previous photo. While it’s a difficult to make out, I believe the white sign in the middle reads “Getting In Shape”; a play on the art’s geometric nature.
This sign, which was previously used to welcome Barbara McClintock to the school, now wishes students a happy Chinese New Year (specifically the Year of the Dragon, which was last celebrated in 2012). In the built-in display behind it is a collection of student-made paper cranes. More of this display can be seen in the following photo, which was also taken in January of 2012:
In this photo, which shows Sandy Hook students boxing Valentine’s Day cards and gifts they’ve collected for troops stationed overseas, we see that while the contents of the table display appear unchanged since December, the vertical displays just inside of the front entrance no longer contain clay figurines, and now feature pieces that look almost like modern art.
The vertical displays now feature a number of “plaster people” created by Sandy Hook fourth graders, two of which are listed as being students of fourth grade teacher Courtney Martin, who is listed as faculty back in the school’s 2010-2011 handbook (page eight):
Sophia Gay is, of course, the older sister of victim Josephine Gay.
These “plaster people” were part of the school’s annual art show (which also featured the clay pieces seen earlier), held on May 24th, 2012:
I honestly couldn’t imagine a school looking any less abandoned than that. Maybe James Fetzer will claim that DHS agents continued to visit the school (filled with junk and asbestos, apparently) to continue watering the plants.
Originally posted to Dawn Hochsprung’s Twitter feed on November 14th, 2012, this photo shows victim Victoria Soto (middle) and other members of Sandy Hook staff raising money for Adopt-A-Family. Seen behind them are two vertical display cases, now filled with children’s books.
From the Sheets From Home Facebook page, this image shows that the table display has been moved to under the built-in, and both now feature a “Celebration of World Arts”. These items remained into December and can be seen in the crime scene photos. Note the sign advertising the bake sale seen in the previous photo behind the girl on our left.
In these crime scene photos, the contents of the display cases remain unchanged, only now the “Sheets From Home” sign seen on the welcome board is nowhere to be found (which would make sense as the drive ended on November 16th, or nearly a month before this photo was taken).
These vertical displays also remain unchanged, exhibiting a collection of children’s books. The only real difference is the “Bags, Bears, Books, and Basics” collection materials, which are not in Dawn Hochsprung’s Twitter photo from November.
For more in the “Sandy Hook Elementary Was Open” series, please read:
Part One: The Lobby
Part Two: The Obstinate Pen
Part Three: Holiday Decorations And Calendars
Part Four: SMART Technologies
Part Five: Dawn Hochsprung’s Twitter Feed
Part Six: The 2011-2012 Scrapbook
Part Seven: Children’s Authors Visit Sandy Hook
Part Eight: Charitable Causes
Part Nine: The Library
Part Ten: 92 More Photos From Sandy Hook School
Part Eleven: 180 Articles Referencing Sandy Hook School, Written Between 2008-2012
Part Twelve: The Glass Display Cases
Part Thirteen: Google Earth
Part Fourteen: The November 2012 Scholastic Book Fair
Part Fifteen: Sandy Hook School Enrollment For 2008-2017