‘Glee’ school shooting episode fuels Newtown controversy

Glee Shooting Star Episode

Glee most recent episode, Shooting Star, performed well in the ratings – but it did not fare as well with some families residing in Newtown, CT. Thursday’s episode of Glee concentrated on a storyline in which a student brings a gun to school and a shooting occurs. With the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre of December 14th, 2012, still fresh in many victims and families minds, the episode was taken very seriously.

The Glee episode features a disclaimer warning viewers that the episode “addresses the topic of school violence”.( If you have yet to watch the episode, you should probably not read any further, spoilers ahead.) While the episode did indeed address the fear and confusion that follows an experience during a school shooting, in the end, it turns out that the gun was brought to the school by a student and went off by accident, not harming anyone.

Still shot of teacher leading students down a hall on Glee

Many of the families of victims and community members of Newtown are saying that the episode comes too soon after the real life tragedy of Sandy Hook.  Glee producers insist that the episode was written well before 20 children and six adults were shot and killed by Adam Lanza on December 14, but the parents and loved ones of Newtown are more interested in the fact that it was aired less than four months after the incident.

Andrew Paley, a father of twin boys who miraculously survived the Sandy Hook shooting, wrote on the Newtown Action Alliance Facebook page:

“It’s too soon as our kids and our wounds are still too new. I understand keeping it in the minds of the Nation but dammit, at least let the people of Newtown know beforehand. I found out because an old friend who blogs about the show gave me a heads up.”

On the other side of the argument, Anthony Lusardi, the boyfriend of substitute teacher Lauren Rousseau, who was killed in the Newtown massacre, wrote:

“As long as it keeps the subject in the public’s mind I’m all for it. My Lauren was a huge fan of the show. So I’m sure she would have approved.”

What is your opinion on the Shooting Star episode of Glee?

- Glee

Written by: harrisr
Apr 13th, 2013, 2:05 am

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Message Posted On Apr 13th, 2013, 9:29 pm

This has nothing to do with being an American Mr. Anonymous Moron. Why you even watch American TV shows is beyond me if you think Americans are idiots.I personally don't think it was too soon at all. I think it was needed to keep reminding NRA freaks about this issue.Something horribly violent happens, we've got our panties ruffled for awhile then it fades away until the next time.This needs to stay fresh in our minds until it's resolved. I had no friends or family involved in any of the school shootings, and I live abroad, but as I watched this episode, I could feel exactly what it would have been like for those poor kids and my heart broke and I sobbed , not only as I sat watching but as I retold it to  my husband. Was this disturbing and unsettling? Yes, it was, but we needed this like a jolt of caffeine because it can't be swept under the rug and forgotten. It's not only about gun control, but about compassion, unity and the strength of human spirit.

Go back to whatever rock you slid out from Anonymous and leave your unpatriotic mumblings somewhere else.


Message Posted On Apr 13th, 2013, 12:43 pm
"the parents and loved ones of Newtown are more interested in the fact that it was aired less than fourth months after the incident" The sad fact of the matter is that so many school shootings and other multiple shootings occur in the USA that a TV network would find it impossible to show this Glee episode without it being "too soon" after a mass shooting somewhere in the USA.

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Message Posted On Apr 13th, 2013, 10:23 am

Kinda agree with the post above.
Until america sorts out it's gun laws, this stuff is gonna keep happening. That's a different topic though.

As for it being to soon after the shooting. Fair do's, if it was shown within a week or two after the shooting, then you could say it's a bad coincedence and you could understand how the victims would think its in bad taste, NOT 4 MONTHS after. As stated the show was written long before the shooting happened, and it's not capitalizing on that specific school shooting.

There's been quite a few over the years in america. For some reason, American's find it hard to seperate fact from fiction and think everything is about me me me, and this type of rubbish gets a voice and attention.

To give another example of the post above, if a small town gets flooded and a few people get killed (It's sad, but it's life, these things happen), then say a popular tv show happens to show the same type of thing a month latter i.e. a flood and a charater dies, the people who actually had it happen to them have NO RIGHT to have a go at the tv show for showing something like that on the tv quoting "It's to soon".

You are not a special snowflake, grow the hell up and start acting like a normal human being, stuff happens, life goe's on.

This is my personel opinion, if I have affended anyone directly by my comments, I apoligise.


Message Posted On Apr 13th, 2013, 3:20 am
americans = idiots my granma dies in the hospital, so please cancel MONDAY MORNINGS, it's too soon. MORONS
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