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April 12th, 2013 2:26pm EDT

GleeParents in Newtown, Connecticut have joined the chorus of disapproval about the latest episode of Glee, insisting TV producers should have warned them about the school shooting plotline.

Locals are still recovering from the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in December, when 20 school children were killed by a spineless and cowardly gunman, and many are speaking out about the latest Glee, which aired on Thursday night and featured students and teachers cowering from a suspected killer.

Newtown residents insist the episode aired too soon after the Sandy Hook tragedy and they should have been told about it before tuning in.

Parent Andrew Paley says, "We're going through a healing phase right now and without giving us any kind of warning, it's going to open up wounds we're trying to close right now. I think it's terrible that the writers and producers of that show didn't think to contact someone in Newtown to let us know this was coming. A lot of people watch that show. They shouldn't be upset by it."

Superintendent of schools, Janet Robinson, has revealed she did attempt to notify parents about the harrowing subject matter of the latest Glee, but even the residents she reached felt creator Ryan Murphy and his team of writers had gone too far with the hard-hitting episode.

Resident Tricia Muzzio states, "This close to the tragedy without any warning, I believe was inconsiderate. It was so realistic that I couldn't believe it."

The theme of the episode became a hot-button issue on Twitter.com on Thursday night and Friday morning as fans and critics alike took a stand on whether or not it should have aired just months after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre.

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