Newtown parents bristle at Michael Moore’s call to release crime scene photos

Newtown parents bristle at Michael Moore’s call to release crime scene photos

Michael MooreMaybe Michael Moore’s problem in attempting to get inside the heads of parents whose children were slain in the shooting at Newtown is that he doesn’t know what it’s like to lose a child. Or maybe his problem is that he’s Michael Moore.

Either way, the rotund filmmaker’s recent prediction that “someone …  soon is going to leak the crime scene photos” and his speculation that that someone might be “a grieving parent” did not sit with the survivors of the massacre.

FOX News reports that the families of the murdered Sandy Hook students took offense at Moore’s blog post and especially the suggestion that “we must look at the pictures of the 20 dead children laying [sic] with what’s left of their bodies on the classroom floor in Newtown, Connecticut.”

Jeremy Richman, whose 6-year-old daughter Avielle was killed in the attack called Moore’s idea off-base, adding, “I would be very strongly against that,” while an outraged mother who lost her 6-year-old son in the attack said simply, “You can imagine what my reaction to that is.”

Other parents declined to comment.

Dorrie Carolan, co-president of the Newtown Parent Connection, told FOX News:

For the families and the community, we just want to get back to a normal life and that would be a horrendous offense to the families.

Carolan, who knows several of the victims’ families, said she could not imagine that anyone connected to the mass shooting would consider Moore’s idea to be a “positive” development:

It’s going to be a long healing process and to dredge up pictures of the crime scene would not be a good thing. We want to remember the little angels as they were, with their happy expressions and faces and you want to think of the teachers trying to hold them safe and not to see the pictures of their bodies. I think it would be terrible.

For someone who professes to belong to the party of compassion and empathy, Michael Moore evinces all the sensitivity of a toilet seat.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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