Sandy Hook at the Superbowl: Was it as “delightful” as it seemed?

Hearing that a chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School would be singing at the Super Bowl, I emailed the following to Chris Hayes, host of my favorite political commentary program on Saturday and Sunday morning (minus one sentence that I now think was inappropriate).

The San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX troph...

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Dear Chris,

Is it just me, or is there something just out of kilter with the NFL using these victims as props in the Super Bowl?  I’m sure the NFL people are well intentioned and don’t see it that way, but I do.

My gut says the goal should be to return these survivors to normalcy as best as possible. I’m not a psychologist, so I don’t have great insights into how, but this can’t be a good way to do it.

How does this help in that regard? What’s normal about elementary kids plucked out of nowhere and suddenly put in front of thousands under mega watt lights in America’s biggest event of the year?

There is something wrong in this even if I cannot quite explain what it is.

Richard Farrell


On Super Bowl day, watching the children sing and smile while singing, it did feel heart warming, but I wonder what was going through their minds and what will in the future.  They were 3rd and 4th graders, so not in the classes with the 1st graders who were shot to death.  Not that I know what that means to them as opposed to the younger children, who apparently weren’t at this game.   Maybe watching in supportive gatherings back in Newtown?  I don’t know much about this at all, but still feel that the aim for everyone would be to struggle back to some form of normalcy to the extent possible.

I would think the inclination would be to shelter these children.  To thrust  them into the limelight of American pageantry seems just the opposite of that.

I’ve seen the NFL praised for keeping the events at Newtown alive in the American mind, which may help get gun violence legislation passed, but I have trouble believing the ongoing public attention is good for the children themselves.

The media reaction I have seen is completely positive as illustrated in the article listed below, but I have expressed my view to a few friends who see something out of kilter here as well, though perhaps not as much as I do.   Now I would  be curious what other readers think, at least those who aren’t eager to call me an idiot for questioning the positive public sentiment.  There is a Leave a comment button below, at the end of the list of tags, etc.


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