Published on October 2nd, 2014 | by -swansong-39
Lauren Rousseau : It Does Matter
Over the last 2 years no one aspect of the events in Sandy Hook has garnered more attention than the responses and reactions of the friends and families of the alleged victims. From the admittedly bizarre press conference given by Robbie Parker in the immediate aftermath to subsequent interviews with parents who seem to have somehow sailed through the first 4 stages of grief landing comfortably on acceptance, time and again we are left asking if these reactions are in any way “typical”.
While I have chosen to mostly avoid this area of examination due to it’s subjective nature, I must confess to more than just a passing curiosity, not in the reactions necessarily, but their uniformity amongst so many of the players.
In this article we will focus on one of these players. As we do we will ask ourselves if this is how we might expect ourselves to act were we faced with a similar situation. The fact is no one of us can truly say how we might respond or what we might do in a given situation until we are well and truly there…a mile in my moccasins, as it were.
What we can do though is look at this in terms of the law of averages. While it may be unfair to look at these responses on a case by case basis it is more than fair to examine them as a whole and ask, “What are the odds that most, if not all, of these families would be responding the same way?”.
Lauren Rousseau : It Does Matter
Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau, 30, of Danbury, precious daughter of Gilles and Teresa Rousseau, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, with the other innocent victims of the mass violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
Lauren, after years of working as a substitute teacher, — while working other jobs to earn a living — landed a permanent substitute teaching job at Sandy Hook Elementary School in October.
Gilles Rousseau takes deep, measured breaths as he grasps to regain composure while talking about his daughter, Lauren.
“She probably did not suffer. It is a relief. If she was kidnapped and raped, it would have been much harder to feel the pain of her feeling the pain in the process. This was quick.”
“If she hadn’t been replacing the permanent teacher that day, she wouldn’t have been there,” François Rousseau added. “She could have been in another class.”
She was in her classroom with her students when the gunfire started down the hallway. As a substitute, she didn’t have keys to the doors, which her father said locked from the inside only with a key.
We’ll call the bolded area in the preceding paragraph “Cause for Concern #1”
As a parent you might think this detail would cause you great angst…frustration…anger. The thought that for lack of a key, a stupid, single little key your daughter is now dead. Murdered in a most heinous and preventable way.
Never mind the fact that his characterization of a classroom door that locks from the inside is completely inaccurate. All classroom doors in SHE locked from the outside…the hallway side…with a key. While these are not photos of door locks for Lauren Rousseau’s room I assure you they are entirely typical.
Lauren Rousseau : It Does Matter
Cause for Concern #2
From the same CBC article, above: Rousseau admits the full weight of the loss may have not sunk in. He speaks candidly about his daughter’s injuries, and says that he was advised by the coroner he would not be permitted to see her because of the severity of the damage.
Lauren Rousseau will be cremated before her funeral Thursday.
Her Canadian-born father, Gilles Rousseau, told Radio-Canada that he wanted to see his daughter’s body but was informed by authorities that it would not be possible.
“They told me, ‘You can’t see (the body),'” Gilles Rousseau told Radio-Canada, the French-language CBC. “Because most people he shot, it was two or three shots in the face, point-blank.”
As a parent this “Cause for Concern” is surely universal. What parent would simply acquiesce to the proclamation by the State that you will not be allowed to see the remains of your loved one? Where is the precedent for this authority?
Were this the only instance of this occurring within this event we might be tempted to write it off as an odd, but isolated, reaction. But such is not the case. The parents of Grace McDonnell also admitted in an interview with Anderson Cooper that they too had been told they would not be allowed to see their daughter’s remains.
Cause for Concern #3
In the CBC video I linked above I finally realized from where the initial photos (screencaps, in fact) of the bullet holes in Lauren Rousseau’s car came. Let’s take a look at one of them.
One needn’t be a ballistics expert to immediately see an issue with the bullet hole in the frame of the windshield. It appears to be an exit hole. Now you’ll find people online who will talk your ear off with wild speculation about how that exit hole isn’t really an exit hole, or how it is an exit hole but it occurred through deflection, or some other nonsense. But as Kevin Costner said, as Jim Garrison, in regards to Kennedy’s “magic bullet” in the movie JFK:
The FBI says they can prove it through physics in a nuclear laboratory. Of course they can prove it. Theoretical physics can also prove that an elephant can hang off a cliff with its tail tied to a daisy! But use your eyes, your common sense.
Common sense. How can something so rare be described as being “common”? But I digress…
As confounding as this should be for law enforcement and parents alike, absolutely no one seems the least bit interested or concerned with how a bullet could have been fired from inside the car of Lauren Rousseau, or at least in such close proximity and in the general direction of the school. Perhaps part of the reason for why is because with a quick swipe of the hand….and a little presto change-o…the exit hole…has vanished.
And, again…the image taken by the CBC
Do they look the same to you?
Admittedly I am at a loss to explain how images apparently taken by the CBC farther away from the event would seem to show an exit hole while crime scene photos apparently taken nearer the event do not, but there is no doubt that an alteration has been done at some point.
Cause for Concern #4
As a family member of one lost through a tragedy such as this I would assume you would want the law enforcement agencies responsible for investigating it to be competent. Any hint to the contrary would be concerning. Or so one would think.
How confident would you feel in the investigators if they failed to find a bullet hole that your family friend did? This document comes from the State of Connecticut’s final report – CFS 1200704559 – Book 1 – 00171440.pdf. Click on the image for full size.
Not only were they apparently unconcerned about possible ineptitude on the part of investigators but they also weren’t concerned enough about the possible information this new find might provide to pass along the information to investigators until May 13/2013? And they sold their daughter’s car shortly after the event? Ashes to ashes, I guess.
Lauren Rousseau’s car was released to her family on 12/17/12. No wonder they missed a bullet hole or 2.
Cause for Concern #5
The school was laced with asbestos, lead and PCBs. Did you know that Gilles? Did your daughter?
Long before the first environmental contractors started reporting higher than expected levels of lead, asbestos, and PCBs in construction debris at Sandy Hook School, a panel of town officials and residents in a subsequent referendum had already endorsed razing and replacing the aging elementary school building.
The school is likely negligent in not providing his daughter a key to lock a door that would have been difficult to lock under the circumstances, anyway. Nevermind that the janitor has been quoted as saying that he went around locking doors. Or the fact that many of the classrooms had their key hanging on the wall near the door.
The state denies you your GODDAMNED GIVEN RIGHT to see the remains of your loved one.
Bullet trajectory appears suspicious in comparison to the official story, but even if you disagree, the obviousness of the alteration should be concerning to anyone.
A family friend is able to detect a bullet hole that professional investigators do not.
And your daughter is working in a poisoned environment…literally.
And your response to all this? File a lawsuit? Use your new stature as an advocate to demand answers? Of course not. You use your platform to lash out at those who dare to ask the questions you yourself should be asking.
Before I wrap this up there are a couple of additional pieces of information I’d like to pass along. These will be in the vein of “It’s a Small World After All”.
George Hochsprung taught Lauren Rousseau when she was in fourth grade and considered her a ‘family friend’, relatives have revealed. He and Dawn liked her so much that they even put in a good word at her school, Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, and got her a job.
Meanwhile, Lauren’s mother, Teresa Rousseau, is a copy editor at the Danbury News-Times and her step-father, Bill Leukhardt, is a reporter for the Hartford Courant.
Bill, as fate would have it, was on the scene that day.
What I find curious is even though Bill was at the scene that day…and has a twitter account…the only tweet he made that day had nothing to do with Sandy Hook.
It’s difficult to come to any conclusions based on what I’ve presented…but I will say this…if my kennel took care of my dog the way Sandy Hook Elementary took care of Lauren Rousseau (and the rest of the children and staff) I’d sue them so fast their heads would spin.
If the State tried to refuse me my right to see my loved one, or appeared at all incompetent in the handling of the event or subsequent investigation, you’d have to tranquilize me to get me to shut my mouth. I can’t imagine saying,
“It doesn’t matter”.
And lastly…if I didn’t have the stones to do any of that myself, I sure as hell wouldn’t be attacking the people trying to do it for me. A simple thank you would suffice.