I think with all the posts based on the negative we should post something talking about the heroes and the victims. I hope the mods don't move this
because I honestly want as many people as possible on here to take a breather, see these were real people with lives and loved ones. And the gen board
will reach the most people
Feel free to add anything you have found out in terms of the heroic actions of the victims of this attack. Some of these are quotes taken from news
I'll start it with Victoria Soto. She hid her first graders in the cabinets and closets after hearing the gunfire. When the shooter came to her
classroom, she told him that her students were in the gym. Investigators informed relatives that she was killed while shielding her first-graders from
danger. She reportedly hid some students in a bathroom or closet, ensuring they were safe, a cousin, Jim Wiltsie, told ABC News. He then gunned her
down and moved on. She saved the lives of all of her students.
One teacher (havent been able to find her name out) reportedly helped two children dodge bullets by pulling them into a classroom, and The Wall
Street Journal has just revealed a remarkable story from Sandy Hook therapist Diane Day, who watched as the school psychologist and Principal Dawn
Hochsprung sprung out of a meeting to respond to gunshots. From WSJ:
Without a lock on the door, the school’s lead teacher pressed her body against the door to hold it shut, Ms. Day said. That teacher was shot
through the door in the leg and arm.
“She was our hero,” Ms. Day said.
Dawn Hochsprung, principal and another hero:
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.
Maryrose Kristopik, music teacher:
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
Mary Sherlach, the school psychologist who ran and lunged at the gunman with the school principal:
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.
I'll add more as I find more... Feel free to help.
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