Gene Rosen: The Man Deserves Better

Sandy Hook hero Gene Rosen is taking a lot of criticism. He deserves better.


The Newtown tragedy has impacted each of us. We all have opinions. We all want to make sense out of the senseless. Yet we all have the burden of responsible behavior to carry.

Gene Rosen is a friend of my father's. He's also a model citizen who has served this state well. Now, however, Mr. Rosen is being vilified.

Why? Because on the day of the massacre, Mr. Rosen took several scared, would-be victims off of his front lawn and into his home. Some believe this makes Mr. Rosen part of a vast conspiracy. Others think it makes him a publicity hound.

I believe it makes him a hero. Think what Mr. Rosen did that day was self-serving and easy? Think again. I've seen Mr. Rosen since the tragedy. I've been in his house, in the same room where the children were gathered, no less.

He has been profoundly affected (as has his wife) by what happened. The brutal criticism hasn't helped matters, either. A nightmare literally showed up on Mr. Rosen's front lawn and the man did all that he could. For this he is punished by those who nitpick his every word and by those who question the validity of emotions.

The First Amendment rightly allows for us to speak our minds. A sense of responsibility, however, should go hand in hand with that precious right. To go on television or online and to accuse a traumatized grandfather of a heinous crime is a serious matter.

A decent person would present some irrefutable evidence before making such an assertion. When no such evidence exists, however...

I'll close with this: years ago I had a co-worker who was literally becoming unhinged. He spoke to myself and to others of having suicidal and homicidal thoughts. A few of us spoke up. Our supervisors did little or nothing.

Out of frustration, I turned to my father, a long time law enforcement official, for advice. My father subsequently reached out to a man he knew who was an expert on criminal behavior. So concerned was this man that he called back from vacation to offer solid and sound guidance.

That man was Gene Rosen.  

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Dart January 25, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Certainly everyone can have their own opinion. I live in Sandy Hook, not far from the school, and have read many of Ms. Hines comments on the Newtown Patch. Such apparent anger directed specifically at Gene Rosen is strange. I wonder why he is the target of her attacks? Knowing how his house is situated in relation to the school and the firehouse, and the chaos of that day, it is not hard to believe that a group of young, frightened, confused children with no adult to guide them (since their teacher had been murdered in front of them) wound up in his yard. It is sad to see such meanness directed at anyone after such a horrific event.
Frank Crose January 25, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Thank you so very much for your comment..I've known Gene for many years and know what a compassionate caring person he is. I too can't understand why people are attempting to vilify him.
Dart January 26, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Thanks for a little chuckle on a Saturday morning! I am definitely not Gene Rosen, that is funny! The above link is preposterous and anyone familiar with Newtown will realize this. Good luck to you Ms Hine, I hope you can get over your apparent anger issues and get on with a peaceful life.
T Georges January 28, 2013 at 08:14 PM
T Georges January 28, 2013 at 08:14 PM


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