Neighborhood Goes Dark in Homage to Slain Connecticut Students

A Bayport resident calls on homeowners to keep holiday lights off in wake of tragic shooting at elementary school.

SAYVILLE, NY -- Bayport resident Mike D'Orazio is asking residents to pull the plug on holiday lights tonight in remembrance of the 27 lives taken in what is being called the second worst school shooting in U.S. history.

"I wanted to do something when I heard about it," the Renee Drive homeowner told Patch in a phone call, and "this makes me feel like I am doing something to help in some way," said the 32-year Bayport resident.

D'Orazio went door to door Friday night to ask neighbors to extinguish outdoor lights and is hoping the movement goes nationwide through social networking sites, such as his Facebook page, and word of mouth.

He had been in his car early Friday afternoon when he heard the initial news reports of a gunman shooting students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The shooter reportedly killed 20 students and 7 adults including himself, according to the latest news coverage at Newtown Patch.

Initially D'Orazio thought it was happened at a high school. But when he learned it was an elementary school he felt tremendous shock, he said.

"I just sat in the car for 20 minutes trying to understand it. I was just so depressed about it," he said.

When he got home the feeling to do something to help was just as strong.

"When my house lights went on with the automatic timer, I looked at them and realized it just wasn't approriate given what had happened. Then I looked around the neighborhood and decided to ask my neighbors to shut theirs off as well," he said.

"I hope everyone does it. The enormity of what happened today to those young kids deserves some sort of attention."

uncommonsensesc December 18, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Nice comment - my heart just isn't in it....
Scotty December 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM
@Rudy: actually the opposite is true: no one criticized those who wanted to turn them off. In fact all the criticism began with one person calling another 'stupid' for wanting to leave their lights ON. As far as I've read, most of the families of these tiny victims also have other children--and are struggling to keep life as normal as possible for those (mostly small) siblings. How to explain why someone would shoot to death their brothers or sisters? It's impossible to fathom. To also destroy their Xmas, including the lights they've already had up, makes no sense to them. I also understand the feeling of wanting to do 'something' to show empathy and sympathy. So a moment of silence; everyone shutting their lights down at a specific time--might be a nice loving gesture. How about on Christmas Eve? Just stop the nonsensical name calling: 'uncommonsense', btw is the one who began this all--by calling someone else 'stupid', completely inappropriately, I might add. I agree with another poster: just stop this nonsense! WE are not the ones going through this suffering: the families in Newtown are. So for pete's sake stop this mindless bickering. MYOB. I've left my own, mostly white, small amount of lights up because I find them soothing and contemplative. If we all picked a time: made it nationwide and specifically in support of these devastated families, absolutely! To show them that in the midst of our own Xmas celebrations we haven't forgotten their dear ones, and won't!
Scotty December 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM
@Gary: you need to leave this particular kind of comment out of public discourse. You are, of course, absolutely entitled to believe in what you want, as wrong-headed as it may be, but you do NOT have the right to inflict it on the rest of us who find it horrible and entirely unseemly. This is parroting the same nonsense that particular vicious hate group the so-called westboro 'baptist church' (a family cult) does - and THEY threatened to picket those innocent victims' funerals with their hate rhetoric until Good Samaritans stepped up to prevent them and chased them out of Newtown! It's hate speech, no more, no less and there's no room for it here where people are expressing their grief for those innocent children and very brave women who put their bodies between the children and the bullets, to protect them as best they could. Your version of god was never IN public schools which I attended back in the 1960's so your comment is entirely bogus. Feel free to send your kids to a private school full of wrath and fear of your god. This terrible mass murder is the result of an individual who obviously did not receive the kind of mental care he needed and his use of deadly weaponry which should NEVER have been accessible to him. Your version of 'god' or 'satan' had absolutely nothing to do with this. If anything's 'satanic' it's your post!
Marnie Papele December 22, 2012 at 01:58 PM
God? Satan? Really people...get real. Wake up and stop with the fairy tales. Turning off your lights, or on . or praying will not change what happened. I can only hope that this will be a wake up call. We are not living in pioneer times...people do need guns. There is no reason that people should have small arsenals in their homes and this is a perfect example of why. The woman had 3 guns that we know of...maybe more...her crazy son shot her in the face and then proceeded to kill 27 others. Her guns didn't protect her and took away innocent lives. I don't know about anyone else but i would much rather face a crazy person without a gun then one with one...it really is not the complicated.....GUNS KILL PEOPLE!!!!!
Katie December 31, 2012 at 06:03 AM
God...Satan...not fairy tales actually. Nothing will bring those students or those teachers back, that's not what we're preying for, we're preying that the families pain and suffering is lessened....fairy tales right...pshh


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