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On Saturday, officials in Newtown, Conn., lauded the heroism of Hochsprung, a relatively new principal, noting she had lunged toward the shooter in an attempt to overtake him before being fatally shot. A fourth-grade teacher at the school credits Hochsprung with flipping on the intercom switch, which broadcast “screaming and crying,” through the school, in order to warn teachers. As principal of 700 students, Hochsprung had recently instituted new security measures for the school, including visual recognition for entering. Tragically, her best attempts to make the building safe weren’t enough to keep out Adam Lanza, the disturbed 20-year-old who forcibly entered the school around 9:30 that morning.
The hero music teacher who saved 20 children from being shot dead by the Newtown killer has revealed that she kept them quiet by saying prayers and telling them: ‘I love you’. Maryrose Kristopik said she barricaded herself in to the closet with the nine and 10-year-olds while gunman Adam Lanza, 20, reportedly battered on the door screaming: ‘Let me in! Let me in!’
Mrs Kristopik said: ‘I did take the children into the closet and talked with them to keep them quiet. I told them that I loved them. I said there was a bad person in the school. I didn't want to tell them anything past that.'
It had previously been reported that there were 15 children in her care, but Mrs Kristopik told MailOnline there were 20 kids in the closet and there wasn’t enough space for them.
One door had several instruments, including big xylophones, blocking it, she said.
Mrs Kristopik said she was standing in front of the other door and holding the handle to keep the children out of harm's way.
'I was just trying to be as strong as possible,' she said. 'I was thinking about the children. I told them that we had to keep quiet and we were hiding and nobody knew we were there.'
‘Of course I was afraid too,' she said. 'I wanted them to be quiet, I thought it was a pretty secure out of the way place.'
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As CBS 2’s Rob Morrison reported, one of those teachers was Kaitlin Roig, who brought her first grade class into a bathroom and pulled a bookcase in front of the door to protect the children. Roig told her children “the bad guys weren’t going to get them, and the good guys were on their way.” She also told the children she loved them, because she thought those might be the last words they would ever hear.
Roig’s class was rescued and brought to safety
Hochsprung and Sherlach ran out of the room, toward the shots. “They didn’t think twice about confronting or seeing what was going on,” Day said. Hochsprung lunged at the gunman when she confronted him, officials say. She was killed. Sherlach is also believed to have been killed.
Originally posted by DarthMuerte
Now, just imagine if the Principal or some of those teachers had been armed. How many lives might have been saved that day? We will never know.
Originally posted by Hellas
Just let the victims rest in peace and stop misusing the Term HERO!
Originally posted by gnosticagnostic
reply to post by bknapple32
thank you bknapple for this thread.. I haven't been able to watch the news lately because i've been working 12 hour shifts .. sometimes 16 the last few days. I can't help but cry hearing these stories of those who helped get the children out of harms way and the ones who tried but didn't have enough time to do so...
as you know my friend these things are unspeakable crimes against humanity that we feared well over a week ago.. i pray this is the only horrendous thing within the next week.