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Glee's School Shooting Episode Upset Parents In Newtown, CT!

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During last night's Glee titled Shooting Star, showrunner Ryan Murphy and his fellow gleeks dealt with an extremely sensitive, disturbing subject barely 4 months after the unspeakably awful incident occured at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.

And unsurprisingly, some in the Newtown community are upset; not so much by the way Glee handled the idea of a school shooting, but because no one from the show reached out to anyone in Newtown to provide some sort of warning or framework of how best to deal with the episode while watching it with their kids.

Parent Andrew Paley expressed:

"We’re going through a healing phase right now and without giving us any kind of warning, it’s going to open up wounds we’re trying to close right now.

I think it’s terrible that the writers and producers of that show didn’t think to contact someone in Newtown to let us know this was coming. A lot of people watch that show. They shouldn’t be upset by it."

Superintendent of schools Janet Robinson did attempt to notify parents about the harrowing subject matter of last night's Glee, but some were still shocked after viewing the episode.

Newtown resident Tricia Muzzio shared:

"This close to the tragedy without any warning, I believe was inconsiderate. [The episode] was so realistic that I couldn’t believe it. I said to myself, ‘Wow, this is really how it happened.’"

And, as much as we ADORE Glee, perhaps it was insensitive to premiere an episode about an alleged school shooting — and the broader topics of gun violence and school safety — SO soon after one of the most tragic events in our nation's recent history happened. But then again, maybe the only way for wounds to heal is to address them.

However, we do think the episode itself is one of the show's BEST and that the writers tackled the subject in an effective, poignant manner… definitely a good decision to NOT go too heavy on the musical numbers. (We'll have our full recap coming in a bit…)

We tip our hats to you, Ryan and Co.

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27 comments to “Glee's School Shooting Episode Upset Parents In Newtown, CT!”

  1. Victoria says – reply to this


    I get why they are mad, but this is what's going on today. They did not have to watch it. I think the show was done very well. It was so hard to hold the tears back, that episode was super intense. It was a very different look into how things may have been in that kind of situation, the kids point of view. I have not gone through what these parent shave gone through, so I'm looking at things differently than them. BUT I can really appreciate last night's episode.

  2. Confused says – reply to this


    Unless I'm completely mistaken, when I watched Glee last night a notice game up and told people that it dealt with the issue of school violence.
    I understand being upset I really go, especially with it being so fresh in everyones minds still. I think that it was done brilliantly and really showed the emotions of what was going on.
    If you have children that lived through a tragedy like that, you need to be careful what you are watching. More careful then ever so maybe people need to be a bit more proactive.
    Call me mean and insensitive all you want, but there was a warning at the beginning of the show.

  3. 3

    OMFG. This is getting out of hand. They're gonna demand a letter every time a show features a gun now? I get it. It was SO sad and I can't imagine what these people are going through, but what they're asking for is unrealistic. Besides… don't shows have disclaimers in the beginning for these sorts of things?

  4. Bobel says – reply to this


    What I want to know is: Did the shooter break out in song and dance while he was blowing kids away?

  5. Danielle C says – reply to this


    See I read the opposite this morning, that parents were notified before the show aired by people from Glee!!!

  6. Fergie_beat_Marios_Ass says – reply to this


    Typical, Over sensitive about every little comment but could give a shit less about how there actions affect others. I guess that's just how GAYS role.

  7. Betty says – reply to this


    Re: Confused – AGREED! A school is on lock down in my area right now!
    This year alone there have been 2-3 lock downs. Was no one ever going to tackle it? I think Glee did a great job!

  8. Brunie says – reply to this


    U know what..it kind of showed me how terrible experience it is..It was tense but educational…sad but true!

  9. R.T. says – reply to this


    Haven't seen the episode yet, but I was pretty sure everyone was way beyond taking Glee and their random, mishandled PSA attempts seriously.

  10. R.T. says – reply to this


    Re: Fergie_beat_Marios_Ass – First of all, you sound like a fool because you can't spell. Secondly, are you implying that the Newtown community and parents are gay? Because that's who this story is about. I'm guessing you don't read much, either.

  11. 11

    I don't see why they would be so upset about drawing attention to the problem on a NATIONAL level. More attention will likely only prompt more people to take measures to prevent things like this from happening in the future…which I believe is a goal no one would argue against.

  12. Ashley says – reply to this


    Tuesday is the anniversary of the the Virginia Tech shootings and while the date may have been forgotten by others, as a hokie, I'm aware of that date every day for the rest of my life. For them to air the show so close to the anniversary of the tragedy and as a teacher myself I am relieved I chose to DVR it and will delete it when I get home.

  13. BonBon says – reply to this


    Look, there are enough mass shootings in America today that there's never a "sensitive" time to cover this subject. It's REAL. And politicians are too stubborn to do anything real in response. Perhaps art imitating life will help people see reality.

  14. Joel says – reply to this


    Re: Bobel – There was a disclaimer at the beginning of the episode.

  15. 15

    So, how soon would not be "too soon?" And WHY would anyone have to consult them about it? There was a warning before the show. Since this CONTINUES to happen across the country, it needed to be somewhere that a large volume of people WOULD see it and realize more needs to be done to make schoosl a safer place for the children. Sure _ it may have been hard for those kids to watch - BUT THEY DID NOT HAVE TO!!!! I am really sensitive about suicide BUT that does not mean veryone has to walk on eggshells around me or avoid movies with that in it. SOme things are a fact of life and you have to deal with them. I imagine the Glee producers/writiers wanted to keep this in peope's minds as gun control laws are coming into qursiotn across the US post CT.

  16. jess says – reply to this


    Re: Fergie_beat_Marios_Ass – insensitive twat. you should be muted for such ignorant and disgusting comments.

  17. Kime13 says – reply to this


    It said before the show even started that the scenes in the episode MAY UPSET SOME PEOPLE. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. I'm sorry the people of Newtown can't read their TV screens. Yes I'm being inconsiderate, but growing up in hick town, guns at school were a common thing.

  18. Steph says – reply to this


    No. RIB has a history of tackling very sensitive subjects VERY BADLY, and this is just another one in a row of a lot of badly tackled subjects. How this aired, I don't even know. Now, nothing against the cast since they had no choice but to play their parts (and they did it well) but this story line should be forgotten about - and VERY QUICKLY.

  19. lola says – reply to this


    Re: Steph – I don't agree. Most certainly what they went thru in Newton was a terrible tragedy. It was very sad and if you havent been through it you cant imagine how those people feel, and I am deeply sorry they had to go thru it. In the same breath If they saw the episode it's because they made a conscious decison to do so. I've been held at gun point and I lost my father at a young age they were scary life changing situations but I don't expect never to see a movie or show with someone being held at gunpoint or a character's father dying. I'm not trying to be insensitive but If something makes me uncomfortable I don't engage in it, but I don't expect the subject to be avoided by the rest of the country until I have come to terms with what happened. that is a very unrealistic thought. It is a lot easier for me to avoid the things that bring back those memories and feelings until I am ready to deal with it. I would not live under the assumption that everyone around me is should do the same.

  20. Jake Wheat says – reply to this


    It is NOT Glee's responsibility, nor any artist or musician, to police their episodes by reaching out to everyone who "may or may not" have been shocked by their art. In short, the issue of school shootings has not been their only hard hitting topic, and won't be their last. The people of Newtown should be grateful for Glee addressing this issue, and stop their blame of "healing" on media issues which could damper awareness by other shows in the future in fear of "upsetting the victims." The reality is, without awareness and hitting topics like this head on, we will only continue to HAVE MORE SHOOTINGS. Awesome job Glee for what you did, and shame on you Newtown for complaining - your town of all towns should appreciate anyone addressing why school shootings are scary, wrong, and life changing. In short, Newtown, you missed the point completely.

  21. Mandy says – reply to this


    I can understand how it would be upsetting to some people but there was a warning at the beginning of the show, and it was advertised that the episode was about a school shooting. Honestly, I think they did an amazing job with the episode. It opened people's eyes to the gun problems going on. You'd be surprised how many people were unaware of it. Someone HAD to cover the topic eventually and I think Glee did a great job. To those who think it was not cool to use Becky as the one with the gun, it could have been Ryder or Beiste too.. they were all mentally unstable at the time dealing with tough circumstances. Becky was scared,upset, confused, unsure…people are always going to find something to criticise. Again, good job Glee <3

  22. brooke says – reply to this


    .. there was a disclaimer at the beginning of the show. It warned that there was gun violence. Not trying to be insensitive, but that should have been a clue to change the channel.

  23. kay says – reply to this


    Okay, I think we all get .. what happen in CT was a tragedy but horrific things happen on a daily basis. Should the world stop living their lives because they fear they are going to offend the victims. I don't think it's necessary for producers to contact the victims especially when they are the ones asking for their privacy. You simply have to turn off your tv or change your channel, it's that simple.

  24. Taylor says – reply to this


    It's easy to say Glee did an amazing job & the episode wasn't insensitive when someone in your family or neighborhood didn't die at a real school massacre. Stop praising Glee, people.

  25. C.J. says – reply to this


    We all know that what happened in Newtown was a horrific tragedy. I believe that every parent in the world felt the heartbreak that the parents of the victims felt. And as a parent myself, I encouraged my five year old son to watch the episode and at the end of it, I asked him what he learned and he said, "always listen to my teacher cause there may be a time when she has to save my life and I have to make sure I pay attention." This episode taught my son so much on what to do if a similar situation ever happened at his school than the press coverage of Newtown's tragedy ever did. I understand how Newtown feels, but they need to understand that sometimes that our kids relate to tv shows, movies, and music so much that it becomes their only way in understanding what goes on in the real world. We keep our kids in these unrealistic bubbles that we fail to see the good in the messages some shows, movies, and songs are trying to portray.

  26. someone says – reply to this


    omg seriously ya'll just like glee to much to stand up for what right! you are insensitive.. you say they didn't have to watch it and that crap who do you think you are?? i'm sure if you lost your child you would be whistling a different tune.. you are watching something for entertainment, when just 4 months ago that was very real to alot of other people.. glee is getting so trashy i'm done with this show and with Ryan Murphy's crys for attention.. there are more people other then gay people that you need to be more understanding about Ryan.. new normal also disgust me how they stereotype everyone else.. he's a idiot.. go ahead get offended but I'm allowed my own opinion if you guys are allowed to spew your insensitive brainless B.S!

  27. kolaida says – reply to this


    Re: EverybodyLovesIt

    It's ALREADY on a national level! Where were you in December? Wow. Clueless much??