Dec 14, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from The Jane Dough: The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut this morning, which is being called “the worst school shooting in recent U.S. history,” is horrific, disturbing and upsetting in equal measure. Students who were in the school when the violence occurred were later interviewed by reporters and recounted the actions of many of their teachers once they learned that a shooter was in the building.
“I was in the gym and I heard a loud, like seven loud booms, and the gym teachers told us to go in the corner, so we all huddled,” one student at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown told NBC Connecticut. “And I kept hearing these booming noises. And we all … started crying.
“All the gym teachers told us to go into the office where no one could find us,” she added. “So then a police officer came in and told us to run outside. So we did and we came in the firehouse and waited for our parents.”
From the Courant:
Parent Richard Wilford said his Sandy Hook second-grader, Richie, heard what he described as “pans falling” when gunshots rang out. He said that his son told him that the teacher went to go check, came back in and locked the door and told the students to stand in the corner.
There are also reports that a person in the principal’s office, where the original confrontation with the shooter occurred, switched the PA system on in order to warn teachers and students of the danger.
Excerpted from Fox News: The teachers the little ones have always trusted were there for them when a crazed gunman turned Sandy Hook Elementary School into a shooting gallery early Friday.
As reports come in from the horrific shooting in an affluent small town in Connecticut, the bravery of the teachers at the 600-student school provided a glimmer of hope in a story that sickened the nation.
“She was in a small class — a reading group, and they started hearing bangs,” Procaccini said. “Her teacher, and I’m grateful for this, rushed kids into the bathroom and locked the door. They told kids it was hammering and tried to keep them calm.”
Later, with the shaken survivors safe at a local firehouse, parents expressed their gratitude to the men and women who work every day with their kids and hugged their own children.
“Children were crying,” Procaccini said. “[My daughter] did tell me about a little boy that was in a police officer’s arms, bleeding. I don’t know if she gets it.”
Stephen Delgiadice told The Associated Press his 8-year-old daughter heard two big bangs, and teachers told her to get in a corner. His daughter was fine.
“It’s alarming, especially in Newtown, Conn., which we always thought was the safest place in America,” he said.
Richard Wilford’s 7-year-old son, Richie, is in the second grade at the school. His son told him that he heard a noise that “sounded like what he described as cans falling.”
The boy told him a teacher went out to check on the noise, came back in, locked the door and had the kids huddle up in the corner until police arrived.
“There’s no words,” Wilford said. “It’s sheer terror, a sense of imminent danger, to get to your child and be there to protect him.”
Melissa Makris, 43, said her 10-year-old son, Philip, was in the school gym. “He said he heard a lot of loud noises and then screaming. Then the gym teachers immediately gathered the children in a corner and kept them safe in a corner,” Makris said.
An 8-year-old student told WCBS-TV how a teacher saved his life as he walked toward the school’s main office, where the shooting started.
“I saw some of the bullets going down the hall that I was right next to, and then a teacher pulled me into her classroom,” the student said. “It sounded like someone was kicking a door,” he said of the bullets.
Sources identified the gunman as Adam Lanza, whose mother taught kindergarten at the school. He showed up early Friday wearing black military garb and toting three guns, according to reports. In the main office, and with the intercom transmitting the horror through the school’s halls, he shot the principal.
He then made his way to his mother’s class, sources said, where he killed her and her pupils. By the time it was over, Lanza, six adults and 20 young children were dead in the second-worst school shooting in the nation’s history. Only the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, which left 32 dead, was worse.
Parent Brenda Lebinski told Reuters she rushed to the school, where her daughter is in the third grade, as soon as she heard the news.
“Everyone was in hysterics — parents, students,” she said. “There were kids coming out of the school bloodied. I don’t know if they were shot, but they were bloodied.”