HARTFORD, Conn. – The parents of one Sandy Hook Elementary School victim rebuked Newtown’s municipal government Friday for failing to keep the families of the victims informed following the massacre.
Benjamin Wheeler was a first grader who was among the 26 people killed by a gunman at the Newtown elementary school on Dec. 14, 2012. His parents, David and Francine Wheeler, spoke Friday through a video chat to the the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, a panel created by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to review the incident.
David Wheeler praised the state government’s response to the shooting, particularly the decision to assign a state trooper to serve as a state liaison to each of the families. He also complimented Malloy, who interacted personally with the families in the aftermath of the incident. But Wheeler was critical of the town response.
“State agencies performed admirably and continue to do so. The communication continues. We don’t feel as though we are being marginalized or left out in any way. The town government and the town departments did not necessarily meet that level of performance,” he told the panel.