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Newtown officials are meeting to debate what to do with the Sandy Hook Elementary School building, where 20 first-graders and six educators were gunned down in a December massacre.

Good Day NY spoke to a leading child psychiatrist about the impact the future of the school will have for the survivors.
 
"I don't think they should take it down. A terrible thing has happened. We suffered as a nation and that's enough. We should revamp it or reuse it as a school or community center, " Dr. Harold Koplewicz, child psychiatrist, told Fox 5 morning show Good Day NY.

In light of the Sandy Hook massacre, Dr. Koplewicz and the Child Mind Institute have spearheaded the campaign, Speak Up, which encourages parents and children to communicate about the child's mental health.

"It is rare to have a school shooting, it is not rare for the 15 million kids (with mental health problems) out there to have a bad outcomes: to have academic failure, substance abuse, to bully or be bullied, to have trouble with the law, to be unemployed," said Dr. Koplewicz.

For more information, visit ChildMind.org/SpeakUp

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