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Taking On School Security After Losing A Daughter In Newtown11:43
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A bus drives past a sign reading Welcome to Sandy Hook Dec. 4, 2013, in Newtown, Conn. (Jessica Hill/AP)
A bus drives past a sign reading Welcome to Sandy Hook Dec. 4, 2013, in Newtown, Conn. (Jessica Hill/AP)

It's been almost a year and a half since Michele and Bob Gay lost their youngest child Josephine, or "Joey" to family and friends. She was one of the 20 first graders killed in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Josephine Gay playing with sand at the beach. (Courtesy The Gay Family)
Josephine Gay playing with sand at the beach. (Courtesy The Gay Family)

Even before that awful day, the Gays had decided to move to Massachusetts — to a Boston suburb and school district they thought would be good for Joey, who had autism. They made the move with their two surviving daughters last year. Since then, Michele and Bob have devoted themselves to their daughters and their work, which includes "Joey's Fund" and running "Safe And Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative," an organization formed by a couple Newtown mothers that educates communities about school security.

Recently, Safe and Sound had one of its biggest successes in Massachusetts. NaviGate Prepared, an Ohio-based company, has donated the $20,000 cloud-based emergency preparedness system in four schools in the district where the Gays now live.

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Michele Gay, co-founder of "Safe And Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative." Her daughter Josephine, or Joey, was killed in the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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The Boston Globe: Mother Of Sandy Hook Victim Spurs New Security In Sudbury Schools

  • "One month after Michele Gay’s 7-year-old daughter, Josephine, was shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., she said her two older daughters asked many questions. But one stuck out specifically in her mind: 'Are we going to be safe in these schools?'"

The Boston Globe: Elegy Without End For A Wordless Child

  • "Ten weeks after the Newtown massacre claimed Joey, their 7-year-old joy, a local couple reflects on loss and the power of faith."

This segment aired on May 14, 2014.

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