A school shooting occurred on Friday December 14 in Newtown, Connecticut where 27 have been left dead— 20 children, six adults, and the shooter. The children, who were students at Sandy Hook Elementary, were aged from from five to 10 years old, and it’s believed that the school’s principal and psychologist were among the victims.
The shooting began early Friday morning, and according to the Hartford Courant, a shooter showed up in the school’s main office around 9:41 AM, which is also when the first 911 call came in. It is believe that the shooting might have started during an administrative meeting, then spread to a kindergarten classroom, and the hallway.
Robert Licata said his six-year-old son heard the gunman burst in and shoot the teacher while he was in class, adding,”That’s when my son grabbed a bunch of his friends and ran out the door. He was very brave. He waited for his friends.”
It’s be reported that the shooter was 20-year-old Adam Lanza, who used a .223-caliber rifle to carry out the grisly act, then killed himself at the scene. There are also some reports that his mother Nancy Lanza was a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary, who he shot and killed at the scene.
President Barack Obama spoke about the tragic situation in Newtown, and said “I know there’s not a parent in American who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do. The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. … They had their entire lives ahead of them. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”
He continued, “Among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to help their children achieve their dreams. Like other parents around the country. This evening, Michelle and I will … hug our children a little tighter and tell them that we love them … but there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight.” He then added, “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this regardless of the politics.”