A Stratford, Connecticut high school graduate, a first grade teacher and a person that sacrificed herself for the safety of her entire class of first grade kids.Rest in peace, Victoria Soto. Our great nations weep with your sacrifice but they also celebrate your quick thinking and dedication to protecting your small charges. Not one of her students was harmed in the shooting. You will not be forgotten.
The heroes truly walk amongst us. The dreadful tales of yesterday are beginning to come to light. The stolen innocence even from the survivors, both grown and small. The sleepy town shaken to the core along with the nation. Disbelief, anger, sorrow; they cast a wide net across our great lands. For we, on North American soil and across the great oceans, share the pain of loss today. Our steps are slower and our hearts are heavier.
Dawn Hochsprung, 47, was the principal at the school. She was gunned down as she and a colleague rushed the gunman. Her friends and family stated the “she loved her job”.
Mary Sherlach, 56, the school’s psychologist was shot as she faced the situation. Jumping to the side of her colleague, principal Dawn Hochsprung, they were both gunned down execution-style.
In no way, does this post diminish the loss of life of their small charges; this is merely to show that in their final moments that those small ones were not alone. They had adults who were willing to and did give their all to protect them. To the surviving faculty, you all took charge of what was an impossibly unfair and cruel situation. You are all heroes walking amongst us. May your hearts heal as you continue your important work.