After-Care Supervisor Fired for Telling Kids about Sandy Hook Shooting

This December 2012 photo released by the Connecticut State Police on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, shows a scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Connecticut State Police)

LONG ISLAND, New York. (WTNH) – GiGi Kearns tells WABC News she was fired for doing what she was paid to do – protect students. Kearns is a retired police officer worked at Dickinson Avenue Elementary School in East Northport, Long Island for 15 years doing after-care.

Kearns says during a lock down drill last month, some of the kids, didn’t take the drill very seriously, so she pulled them aside to talk with them. Kearns says one of the children asked what Sandy Hook was, so she explained to them and showed them pictures of the scene including the SWAT team, parents crying and a teacher getting the kids to safety.

Kearns says one parent complained to school staff. Days later, she was fired.

WABC Eyewitness News spoke with parents whose children Kearns had spoken to about Sandy Hook. They say she did nothing wrong, and deserves her job back. More than 600 people have now signed an online petition saying to help Gigi Kearns get her job back.

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