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Principal died lunging at US gunman – Officials

/ 06:45 AM December 16, 2012

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.”

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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.

TAGS: Connecticut, Crimes, Schools, Shooting, United States
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