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.
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?