SH: Parking lots that are still talking.

As a writer who sometimes tires of words, I enjoy looking at satellite photos. They tell a story plain and simple like a Grandma Moses painting, with an unadorned, omniscient view of roads, highways, farmland furrows, trees, buildings and parking lots.

Recently, Wolfgang Halbig has been sharing satellite photographs taken over several years of the same view: the acreage encompassing three of Monroe, Connecticut’s public schools: Jockey Hollow Middle School (JHMS);  Fawn Hollow Elementary School (FHES); and the former Chalk Hill Middle School (CHMS).

Let me refresh your memory on the latter.

The perfect replica. In January 2013, Chalk Hill Middle was the school that loaned its classrooms and halls for Newtown’s use as a Sandy Hook Elementary replica , where traumatized Sandy Hook students could continue classes that were interrupted by the event of 12-14-12. “Down to the crayons on the desks,” according to MSM reports, Chalk Hill was modeled into a Sandy Hook Elementary clone. All of this business was portrayed by MSM as an act of community largess.


It seemed bizarre at the time and still does. How could a replica be created on such a short notice? Wouldn’t there have to be numerous code and  safety inspections, a certificate of occupancy, permissions, such things? Work of this nature takes time to process through the bureaucratic machine. Especially considering the poor state Chalk Hill was in at the time.


The little school that couldn’t. In 2010, Chalk Hill Middle was facing some major repair bills, due to broken-down water pipes to its boilers. Roughly half the school was already closed.

By June 2011, the school was no longer open and was off the hands of the Monroe Board of Education and under the control of the town of Monroe, formally turned over to the town on July 1, 2011. Despite an expensive 2010 study by a local architectural firm (Silver, Petrucelli & Associates of Hamden, CT) that recommended either mothballing the school or demolishing it, the town dithered.

Demolition would have raised the specter of hazardous waste, since Chalk Hill Middle was stuffed with asbestos and other toxins, similar to the old Sandy Hook Elementary.  And then a mysterious corner was turned. Chalk Hill was declared “structurally sound” in  2012 and the town of Monroe was actually considering turning it into a community center.

A paper trail. It never happened, but 12-14-12 did, and quite suddenly Chalk Hill was in business again as a school, irrespective of  bad water pipes and asbestos. Then a strange paper trail emerged, suggesting that Chalk Hill was being used to house Sandy Hook students well before the fateful 2012 event.

In March of 2016, Cinderella posted this article on that subject. Some of you might remember it. It’s complicated, and I won’t go into it here. (Do read it, however, if you haven’t already, for a story that supplements this one.)

Wolfgang Halbig was still asking questions about the chummy arrangement between Sandy Hook and Monroe, but no one was talking or answering his persistent FOIA requests for public documents.

Then, after four years of requests, he received satellite photos of Chalk Hill Middle and adjacent school properties, taken over a series of years – 2010 (when the Chalk Hill school was being phased out of use) through 2017 (after the new Sandy Hook Elementary opened and Chalk Hill was no longer needed as a replica school).

If parking lots could talk. The Google Earth satellite photos say a lot about the activity going on in Chalk Hill Middle over the years. Or the lack of activity. And they do so through the parking lots. Take a look. The notes that appear in yellow and orange are Wolfgang Halbig’s, not mine.

#1:  The August 31, 2010 shot below concurs with what we already know: roughly half the Chalk Hill Middle school (CHMS) was closed, so the parking lot is sparsely populated.

{Imagery 2010 © DigitalGlobe, Map Data © 2010 Google }

#2: This March 29, 2012 shot doesn’t correspond with what we already know. By 2011 the school had been CLOSED, and the town was still talking about possibilities for its future use. Below we see that Chalk Hill’s parking lot is full of cars, as if classes were in full swing. Who was there? What were they doing? Remember, this is well before 12-14-12.

{Imagery 2012 © DigitalGlobe, Map Data © 2012 Google }

#3: The shot below, taken on September 19, 2013, reflects what we know about Chalk Hill Middle (CHMS) by this time: It was standing in for the old Sandy Hook Elementary as a “replica” school. As you can see, the parking lot is densely populated.

{Imagery 2013 © DigitalGlobe, Map Data © 2013 Google }

#4: The April 16, 2016 shot below likewise shows an active parking lot at CHMS, as we would expect. Sandy Hook children were still reportedly there, waiting for their new school to open in September 2016.

{Imagery 2016 © DigitalGlobe, Map Data © 2016 Google }

#5: Below is a photo from this year, taken September 23rd. Note that there is little to no activity in the CHMS parking lot, which makes sense, since by then, Sandy Hook students were no longer being educated there.

{Imagery 2017 © DigitalGlobe, Map Data © 2017 Google }

A lot to talk about. Obviously photo #2 is the outlier, telling a story that conflicts with the one MSM told us. It suggests that Chalk Hill Middle school was reopened long before January 2013, when it was reported to have been turned into a Sandy Hook Elementary clone virtually overnight.

For what purpose should it have been opened sooner?

Reach your own conclusions, bearing in mind what Wolfgang Halbig is saying in the quote below:

“I have over 75 Satellite photos that are shot in sequence showing the Chalk Hill Middle School completely  empty. Then you can see starting on 3/29/2012 the Chalk Hill Middle school with over 80 to 100 cars on a daily basis showing up for work. Satellite images show that even before the Dec 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that this school is fully operational on a daily basis.”




2 thoughts on “SH: Parking lots that are still talking.

  1. Cinderella, excellent analysis again from both you and Halbig. Those little darlings never knew they were at a new location because they were at the old location. Even the coat hooks and book cases were exactly as at Sandy Hook. We could not have the little babies confused and saying things such as “Miss Roig, I can’t find my coat hook.”

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