Following the referendum last week in which Newton, Connecticut residents voted to demolish Sandy Hook Elementary, plans are being put in place to have the teardown completed by the first anniversary of the tragedy on December 14.
The Associated Press reports that the town is going to great lengths to prevent the school's history from being exploited during its razing. First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra told the AP that "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."
That means that contractors hired for the demolition will need to sign confidentiality agreements which prevent any public discussion about the effort as well as bar anyone from taking photographs of the operation. All of the debris will be carted off to an undisclosed location, and documentation will be required for any metal that needs to be hauled off-site to be destroyed. Workers will also be subject to background checks.
The effort to prevent anyone from cashing in on Sandy Hook is understandable, given various previous attempts to try and profit off of the tragedy. Nouel Alba, who posed as a victim's aunt in order to collect funds, was sentenced to eight months in prison on Tuesday for fraud.