Life after death: what happens to places of mass executions in the USA - ForumDaily
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Life after death: what happens to places of mass executions in the USA

On March 22, four terrorists carried out a mass shooting at Crocus City Hall in Russia, killing 133 people. This is a terrible tragedy that will forever leave the mark of death on this place. Now it is difficult to say what will happen to the building next. If we look at the example of the USA, thenMost mass shooting sites found it very difficult and took a long time to get back to work, the publication writes. LA Times, which collected data on how places are restored that have become scenes of mass executions.



Unlike other disasters, mass executions tend to devastate the places where they occurred, leaving them abandoned. The problem lies in the memory of what happened, from which to get rid of is not as easy as from the holes in the walls.

One of the first places to deal with this problem was Littleton, Colorado.

20 April 1999, 17-year-old Dylan Klebold and 18-year-old Eric Harris killed 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School, and then shot themselves.

Mass shootings have happened before, but only a few of them were so actively covered in the media and had such a strong emotional impact on Americans, like the shooting of Columbine students.

After completing the investigation and the funeral, the question arose of what to do with the school itself, which could not be simply closed because there were students who needed to get an education.

The school spent more than $ 1,2 million to repair and re-equip the building, which resumed work only after 4 a month. Officials decided to change the sound of the alarms that thundered for several hours during the attack, and the library, where most of the victims were killed, remained closed.

The library was eventually demolished and replaced by an atrium, a memorial park built outside the school.

Sandy hook

Newtown, Connecticut, faced a similar problem after an armed man killed 20 children and 6 elementary school employees Sandy Hook 14 December 2012 of the year.

But, unlike Littleton, local parents completely refused to take their children to the same school, and then it was decided to completely demolish the building and build a new one in another place, for which they had to move some apartment buildings.

City officials decided to change the entrance to the building so that people would not pass by the fire station, where frightened parents waited for news of their children immediately after the attack.

A newly built school worth $ 50 million opened in August 2016.


After 12 moviegoers were killed and 70 others were injured at a movie theater in Denver, Colorado, on July 20, 2012, theater owner Cinemark decided to renovate the facility and reopen it 6 months later under a new name, Century Aurora.

Family members of the 9 victims wrote a letter criticizing Cinemark for such a dismissive attitude to the memory of the victims.

The city authorities, fearing a scandal, conducted an online survey about the future of the theater and said that the majority of city residents support the opening of the establishment.

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