Principal died lunging at US gunman – Officials


This July 2010 photo provided by the Newtown Bee shows Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn. AP/Eliza Hallabeck/NEWTOWN BEE

NEWTOWN, Connecticut – The principal who died in the rampage at a U.S. school was killed while lunging at the gunman as she tried to overtake him, town officials said.

Dawn Hochsprung was gunned down in Friday’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Board of Education chairwoman Debbie Liedlien said administrators were coming out of a meeting when the gunman forced his way into the school, and they ran toward them.

Jeff Capeci is chairman of the town’s Legislative Council. Asked whether Hochsprung is a hero, he says, “From what we know, it’s hard to classify her as anything else.”

Hochsprung had worked at the school for two years. Liedlien and Capeci said she immediately became a beloved figure. Liedlien said residents are feeling “a deep sense of loss” over her death.

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  • $18209031

    RIP to all the little ones and the heroic teachers

    Names and ages of the 26 people gunned down at a Connecticut elementary school Friday in the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history:Charlotte Bacon, 6Daniel Barden, 7Rachel Davino, 29Olivia Engel, 6Josephine Gay, 7Ana Marquez-Greene, 6Dylan Hockley, 6Dawn Hochsprung, 47Madeleine Hsu, 6Catherine Hubbard, 6Chase Kowalski, 7Jesse Lewis, 6James Mattioli, 6Grace McDonnell, 7Anne Marie Murphy, 52Emilie Parker, 6Jack Pinto, 6Noah Pozner, 6Caroline Previdi, 6Jessica Rekos, 6Avielle Richman, 6Lauren Rousseau, 30Mary Sherlach, 56Victoria Soto,27Benjamin Wheeler, 6Allison Wyatt, 6

    • andrewassme


  • regd

    True hero indeed! And she’s beautiful inside out.

    • Abdul Rashid

       There are no heroes here, only victims. The hero would be he that discovers who is doing mind control. It is about time they bring Christian prayers back to the schools. This will protect a lot of innocent lives from evil taking over American society. A sick society needs to pray to the only true God Jesus Christ.

      • tarikan

        Not all students/pupils in America are Christian, Abdul. Some like allahu akbar, some like nothing at all. Imposing Christian prayers in an American public school is against their constitution. In the same token imposing Muslim prayers 5 times a day in government offices would be unconstitutional. Know your constitution Abdul before you spew nonsense.   

      • mamer2

        The United Nations should do something about this…, specially with most of the nations in the Middle East, where they impose their religion and their religious practices in school and everywhere else.

      • tarikan

        That depends on their constitution mamer2. Don’t expect much from those Middle Eastern democracies kuno.

      • andrewassme

        I dont believe you. You’re a faker, a muslim name encouraging to praise Jesus.

  • kilabot

    brave woman. 
    so unlike trillones who likes to provoke and then runs away from a fight. but he is a top-spender senator.

    • andresa igbac

       dito mo ba dapat i-mention yan? mali yata.

    • tarikan

      kilabot, you are also a brave woman…or man…or X-man? HIndi ka ba pansin ni Tony? 

  • batangpaslit

    Ito ang tunay na heroine. Di takot ibigay ang buhay sa pag depensa ng mga inosente.
    Sana, may monetary reward ang ang surviving heir.

  • andresa igbac

    if not for a hero like her and the other adults in the school who shielded the children, many more could have died.

  • joseph dimaandal

    she’s so lovely.. rest in peace maam..

  • Maitum

    A deep sense of lose to all of them. Let’s pray.

  • florence457

    This less fortunate principal must be given the proper award for her heroric act

  • mamer2

    Still no reason given, why this “suffering soul” did what he did..?

  • Daniel Gubalane

    What a loss… Did someone already talk to Lanza?

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