Sep 10, 2013
01:21 PMThe Connecticut Story
'Sons of Anarchy' Season Opener Has Scene Evoking Newtown School Schooting
Citing a story published online Sept. 6 by Newsday, the Newtown Bee is reporting that the season premiere at 10 p.m. tonight of the FX network show "Sons of Anarchy" contains a scene that echoes the horrific events of last Dec. 14, when gunman Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and killed 20 young students and six school staff members.
"It will not be the first time a television series depicts events that are close to what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14 (Glee was the first to take that step, five months ago), but a television show airing at 10 pm tonight may be difficult for many people to watch," the Newtown Bee story says.
"At the end of Tuesday night's opener, a boy -- probably 12 or 13 -- calmly removes a high-caliber semiautomatic from his backpack, then walks into his school and opens fire," Verne Gay writes in Newsday. "You don't see the slaughter (that's what imagination is for), but you do hear the shots in rapid succession, the bursts of light on the windows from the muzzle, a teacher screaming, "Oh my God." Kids are killed. That is obvious. With the first anniversary of the Newtown shootings three months away, the horror of that day remains fresh, but until tonight, TV has mostly pretended nothing ever happened."
Gay asked "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter about the opening episode, and, according to the Newsday story, he responded, "There is a lot of blood and guts in my show, [but] nothing is done gratuitously."