One Year Later, There Won’t Be a Trace of the Old Sandy Hook Elementary

Police guard the entrance to the Sandy Hook School on December 15, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. The residents of an idyllic Connecticut town were reeling in horror from the massacre of 20 small children and six adults in one of the worst school shootings in US history. The heavily armed gunman shot dead 18 children inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, said Connecticut State Police spokesman Lieutenant Paul Vance. Two more died of their wounds in hospital. Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

The demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School is set to begin next week, and officials have outlined incredibly strict rules for destroying every bit of the building before the Dec. 14 anniversary of the shootings. According to the AP, building materials will be pulverized on site and metal will be melted down at an undisclosed location. Contractors were required to sign confidentiality agreements, and workers will be stationed around the perimeter to prevent people from taking photos and videos. Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra explained, "We're going to every possible length to eliminate any possibility that any artifacts from the building would be taken from the campus and ... end up on eBay."