"Glee," the occasionally topical high school musical series, aired an episode on Thursday night that could have been ripped from yesterday's headlines. The topic: a school shooting.
In the episode, titled, "Shooting Star," one of the students of McKinley High School, a girl with Down syndrome played by Lauren Potter, brings a firearm to the high school where it discharges, putting true fear in the hearts of the students.
Though there have been several incidents of school shootings in recent years, the timing of the episode nearly four months after the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was too much for the parents of that town.
Andrew Paley, whose children survived the shooting at Sandy Hook, appeared on CNN on Friday to complain that no one from "Glee" or its network, Fox, reached out to warn the people of Newtown about the content of the episode.