The Sandy Hook Massacre could have been far worse. Fortunately the school, Sandy Hook Elementary, was filled with heroes. Heroes who saved children’s lives. This is a post in memoriam of those heroes who took died in their efforts to protect the children:
Teacher Victoria Soto, 27.
Principal Dawn Hochsprung, 47.
School psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56.When the attack happened, Victoria Soto hid her students in closets and cabinets and told the gunman, Adam Lanza, that the kids were in the gym. He then shot her before moving on. She gave her life to save those of her students.
Dawn Hochsprung also sacrificed her life to try to save the students of her school. She lunged at the shooter, trying to stop him when she was killed. It is also believed that she is the one who turned on the loud speaker to alert the school to what was going on.
According to a school therapist who was in a meeting with Hocksprung and Mary Sherlach at the time the tragic event began to transpire, both ran towards the sounds of gun fire and didn’t hesitate for a second to confront the danger.
These three women showed more bravery than anyone should ever be asked to contain and they no doubt saved the lives of many children.And many other teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary displayed heroism worthy of note as well.
Maryrose Kristopik, a music teacher, barricaded her class in a closet and kept all her students calm while the gunman tried to get inside.
Another teacher was shot in the arm and leg as she pressed her body against a door to hold it shut.
Please remember these women. They are all heroes. Remember their names.