The Straits Times
Published on Dec 17, 2012

Questions haunt teacher in US shooting's aftermath


NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AFP) - Mr Andy Via lives in Newtown, and he knows Sandy Hook Elementary School very well - it's where, for four seasons, he's been coaching the local Little League baseball team.

The tranquility and good-neighbourliness of this New England town of 27,500 - and especially its affluent Sandy Hook section with its cosy cafes and bubbling creek - is why he moved here more than a decade ago to raise his family.

"I don't ever want to leave this town," Mr Via, 44, who retains the distinctive accent of his native Brooklyn, said on Sunday.

But every working day, Mr Via commutes to New York, about 90 minutes away, where he teaches mathematics at Mount Saint Michael Academy, a private Roman Catholic boys' school in the Baychester district of the Bronx.