In what might be one of the more unbelievable turns in the post-Sandy Hook environment, memorial playgrounds in honor of each of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre have been vandalized. Only a few of the 26 planned playgrounds have been completed. The park honoring Ana Grace Marquez-Greene in Hartford had writing spray-painted on the purple signs in the playground just a week before The Grace McDonnell Playground had a peace sign stolen last week.
The most unbelievable part of the whole story is that the alleged thief in the McDonnell Playground vandalism had the nerve to call Lynn McDonnell, telling her that he had stolen the sign, and that he’d done it because he believed that the Sandy Hook massacre had been a hoax. According to NBC Connecticut, [t]he caller told McDonnell her daughter “never existed.”
No word yet on whether the caller was caught, or whether they are connected to the vandalism in the Hartford case, but we anticipate this person will be apprehended and we’ll have their mug shot soon enough.
Sign Stolen from Playground Honoring Sandy Hook Victim, Thief Claims Shooting Was a Hoax: Official (NBC Connecticut)
Sandy Hook Playground in Hartford Vandalized (CBS Connecticut)
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