Friday Night News Programs Dedicate Coverage to Newtown Elementary School Shooting

SWAT team member runs to a police car as Sandy Hook Elementary School is evacuated after a shootingIn the wake of this morning’s shocking mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school, all of the broadcast networks will dedicate their Friday evening news programs to covering the tragedy.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer will anchor a special edition of World News (at 6:30/5:30c) from the scene of the shooting, which left more than 27 people — 20 young Sandy Hook Elementary School students included — dead. At 10 pm, Sawyer and Chris Cuomo will anchor 20/20: Tragedy at the Elementary School. ABC will then present an hour-long Nightline at 11:35 pm.

CBS has announced that Scott Pelley will anchor a special hour-long edition of the CBS Evening News, from Connecticut, starting at 6:30 pm. An hour-long CBS News Special Report will air at 10 pm.

NBC’s Brian Williams will anchor a one-hour edition of NBC Nightly News at 6:30 pm. At 10 pm, Williams and Lester Holt will anchor a special hour of Dateline devoted to the tragedy, which is the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting behind the Virginia Tech massacre of 2007.

Law enforcement officials on Friday evening identified the shooter as 20-year Adam Lanza, whose mother Nancy taught at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Per the Associated Press, Lanza’s mother was among the six adults killed during the shooting. The shooter himself was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot after the assault; a .223-caliber rifle was reported to be one of multiple guns found at the scene.

Comments (22)

  • I just want to know why he did and how he could do something this horrible?

    Comment by Adam Bramble – December 14, 2012 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He was crazy/mean.

      Comment by Renee – December 14, 2012 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t know why, but I know how. The Republican party fights each and every day to make it easier for crazy people to get their hands on guns.

      Comment by Ronald Raygun – December 14, 2012 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You are an insensitive moron. This has nothing to do with politics today. This is a horrible event and our thoughts should be on the victims and the families. Save the political bs for another post. You criticize the Republican party but you are taking this article and post to further your political views and platform. Democrat, Republican or any other political party the focus should be on the victims.

        Comment by leigh – December 14, 2012 01:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It has everything to do with politics today. These children did not have to die.

          Comment by Really? – December 14, 2012 02:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree the politics discussions should be left until tomorrow, today should be a day of silence and prayer for all those involved

          Comment by jenna – December 14, 2012 02:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Jenna, what happens if there is another senseless shooting tomorrow, or the day after that, or the day after that. Because there will be another and more innocent people are going to die. There is no time to waste. Certainly, those involved should be given their peace, but the rest of us who were not directly affected should not sit silently and wait for the next senseless tragedy. The time to act is NOW, not later.

            Comment by elf – December 14, 2012 03:14 PM PDT  
          • elf do you really think this is just a gun violence issue? Just this morning 22 children in china were attacked by a man with a KNIFE outside of their primary school, however of course something happening in china won’t make headlines…. People who want to attack will attack regardless of the means, if anything this is a mental health and awareness issue.

            Comment by max – December 14, 2012 03:44 PM PDT  
          • I’m really sick and tired of hearing people say, “Let’s wait and talk about this later”. We’ve been saying that for the last few months and then another mass shooting happens. We can’t wait. We need to discuss this now. This doesn’t HAVE to be a political thing if nobody makes it out as such. Daring to suggest that maybe there should be more restrictions on who can own guns should NOT be a political issue. I’m guessing everyone agrees this guy clearly shouldn’t have been allowed to have a gun? If so, then guess what, you’ve just supported some level of restriction.
            Children died today. TWENTY of them. YOUNG CHILDREN. No. No more waiting on this issue. Let’s deal with it now. I’m tired of turning on the news every couple weeks and hearing about this.

            Comment by Angela – December 14, 2012 03:48 PM PDT  
          • @max: Knives have non-violent purposes, though. I can cut food up with a knife and that harms nobody. Guns have no other purpose besides killing/injuring animals and humans.

            Comment by Angela – December 14, 2012 03:49 PM PDT  
          • Angela I never said anything about the intent of using a gun vs a knife, but you just illustrated my point. A mentally sane/stable person would not look at a knife and decide to go stab innocent children just as a mentally sane/stable person would not go into an elementary school and shoot innocent children. Its ignorant to say that all of these shootings are purely due to a gun violence issue.

            Comment by max – December 14, 2012 03:57 PM PDT  
          • You are right that there’s a multitude of issues related to this that should be dealt with, mental health absolutely being among them. But while what happened in China is just as equally horrible and tragic, guns are much more prevalent in these sorts of stories, hence why they’re going to be more of a focus. Most of the time it’ll be easier to take out an entire group of people with a gun than it will a knife. And we can’t keep denying that our country’s obsession with and fascination with guns, and how easy it is to get them, and the places that we can carry them now (we can carry them on certain campuses and in public parks and on public transit now), doesn’t exactly HELP the problem. The idea that mentally ill people can get their hands on guns alone is something that we need to address and stop.

            Comment by Angela – December 14, 2012 04:04 PM PDT  
          • max I was going to point out the knife attacks in china, just shows how ‘america-centered’ our news is instead of informing us of other issues going on in the world (as well). Especially considering how the attacks in china have been a string of periodic events and yet most people haven’t even heard of them

            Comment by christina – December 14, 2012 04:16 PM PDT  
          • The kids in China LIVED. The wounds from knives are generally “cleaner” than a bullet wound that tears up internal organs, arteries, etc. The kids in Sandy Hill are dead. A person stands a chance of getting away from a knife attacker, not so much from a person with a gun.

            Comment by GoGiants – December 16, 2012 11:53 AM PDT  
  • I saw this and I’m getting ready to get my brother from school. I can’t even imagine something like that ever happening to him. My heart goes out to everyone who’s been affected by this horrible horrible tragedy.

    Comment by Samantha – December 14, 2012 12:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And another psycho will be watching all of the news coverage and thinking I want to be on TV, too – I’ll shoot up _________ [fill in the blank].

    Comment by MommaZ – December 14, 2012 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Great minds… i just posted the same thing

      Comment by Sara – December 14, 2012 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • By all means report it, but please don’t sensationalise it. We don’t need any other nut thinking this is the way to be immortalised

    Comment by Sara – December 14, 2012 12:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 10 people have liked this. Wtf!

    Comment by Adam Bramble – December 14, 2012 12:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s 20 kids and 6 adults. Stop including the killer in the death total, it clearly isn’t human.

    Comment by Midori004 – December 14, 2012 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Cycle – December 14, 2012 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think dehumanizing the shooter as “psychotic” or “crazy” distances ourselves to the tragedy as out of the blue or something that doesn’t occur. But these violences do occur and unless there is understanding of the situation and of the man who did this–there will be no way to prevent it in the future. To say “it isn’t human” — I hear the justifiable horror and the anger but I do not see how it helps anyone to dismiss the man &/or issues (whether political, situational, mental — his own mother died in the shooting at her workplace- something isn’t right there) in order to see if there is a way to find solutions in this terribleness. It’s true- even ordinary people can do really devastating things to each other. It’s very striking when acts of violence (especially on children) are presented at our front door and not a world away. I do not know if I stated this well and would never wish to undermine the great sorrow and experience of the families involved–I simply can’t imagine.

    Comment by Sugar Cookie – December 15, 2012 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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