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Sandy Hook mom pairs with New Britain schools to teach empathy program

February 21, 2017

NEWTOWN - The mother of a student slain in the Sandy Hook massacre has teamed up with educators in New Britain to teach an empathy program, the Associated Press reported.

Nelba Marquez-Greene, who founded the Ana Grace Project after her daughter and 19 first-graders were slain with six educators at Sandy Hook School, told the AP that the massacre could have been avoided more had been done years earlier to address the social isolation and mental health problems of the shooter, Adam Lanza.

“I want people to remember that Adam, the person who did this, was also once 6 and in a first-grade classroom, and that if we had reached out earlier then maybe this could have changed,” Marquez-Greene was quoted in the AP report.

The Ana Grace Project is working with four elementary schools in New Britain to teach empathy and help socially isolated children, the report said. The program brings therapists and interns into the schools to help identify children who need extra help with social skills, the report said.