‘Glee’ School Shooting Episode Stokes Debate, Anger By Some Newtown Families

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‘Glee’ School Shooting Episode Stokes Debate, Anger By Some Newtown Families
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‘Glee’ School Shooting Episode Stokes Debate, Anger By Some Newtown Families

Reaction has been strong to Thursday’s controversial Glee episode “Shooting Star” in which a student brings a gun to school and a shooting occurs, particularly by some families in Newtown, CT, site of the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre.  A disclaimer before the episode advised viewer discretion because the episode “addresses the topic of school violence.” SPOILER ALERT…. It turns out the gun was brought by a student and it went off accidentally. No one was hurt. CNN’s Carole Costello spoke with a parent of a child who survived the Sandy Hook shooting who said he and others were upset that no one from Fox or the show reached out to them to warn them that the episode was airing.  He said it was too soon after the Sandy Hook shooting and emotions were still too raw. Last week a Newtown victims advocacy group sent out an email warning residents of the upcoming episode and the local newspaper The Newtown Bee also advised residents the episode may be too intense for some. Series creator Ryan Murphy tweeted last week that he was excited about the episode: “Just saw the rough cut of next week’s “Shooting Star”. It is the most powerful emotional Glee ever. So proud of the cast & crew”.

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