When “mum” was the word: July 19, 2012.

Cinderella was going through an old trunkful of Sandy Hook Elementary school memorabilia and came across this scrap. Mr. Halbig’s recent appearance in a hearing room in Connecticut reminded her, so in we went, rummaging until we found it.

It’s all about an email exchange on July 19, 2012  between Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the former headmistress of Sandy Hook Elementary school, and the school janitor, Kevin Anzellotti. Many of you know about it.

But for the sake of new SH event skeptics, go here to Memory Hole blog for a quick jog.

You’ll find this tete-a-tete:

On the morning of July 19 Hochsprung emails Anzellotti:

“How does this look? [Apparently referring to an attached pdf excluded from the document disclosure.] NOT set in stone! I have to notify teachers after we meet next Thursday, then we can get moving. Of course, they will need to come in and pack… This is going to be really hard!”

That afternoon Anzellotti responds:

“I got it and it is what it is it’sbad [sic] for us but I would not what to [sic] be in your shoes as your telling them but all still have jobs I guess that’s a good thing mums the word [sic]”


We have Mr. Halbig to thank for his diligence in wading through 200+ emails to find this snippet. Unfortunately, the link to the original doc has been broken, but here is what it looked like:

Email with Janitor

I find it helps to review old mail. Cinderella does this after a breakup to discover exactly where things began to fall apart. Of course, in Sandy Hook Elementary School’s case, I think things were beginning to crumble long before this email!

What do you think?


Halbig’s latest hearing pinpoints dash cams and police reports.

Watch the latest Sandy Hook Elementary school FOIA hearing that took place February 18th in Hartford, Connecticut thanks to Wolfgang Halbig.

Between Connecticut state police and Newtown police, Mr. Halbig has been given the royal runaround in his request for signed, sworn narrative police reports – and several police dash cam videos.

Withheld from the people who paid for them. The state police are withholding the sworn, signed police reports, claiming they’re exempt from FOIA because the Newtown police involved were considered “witnesses.” The dash cam videos are likewise being withheld as FOIA-exempt evidence.

But Mr. Halbig’s attorney, Kay Wilson, made the argument that the dash cams are public documents, based on an established ruling.

The hearing officer, an attorney, asked to be briefed on this argument within two weeks. This is very good news.

One big disclosure of the day is that the sworn, signed incident reports by at least three Newtown police officers are in the possession of the state police. Whether they will ever be released – or held forever as exempt – remains to be seen.

Eye strain and aggravation. So far, all Mr. Halbig has received from Newtown and the state police – besides a runaround – have been heavily redacted dash cam videos, two almost fully redacted police reports and, most telling, “interviews” of police (typed and submitted on thumb drives) that he had to wade through hundreds of online pages to find. Even Cinderella’s eyes would have dried up and blown away by now.

Mr. Halbig deserves your help. He isn’t going away. He has stood firm all along, accumulating legal expenses to enforce Freedom of Information Act rights. No one should have to hire a lawyer to ensure that the FOIA is correctly adhered to by government agencies.  To lend him your support, please go here.

For a detailed account of the hearing by SH investigator Tony Mead, go here.