So were Mary Sherlach and Dawn Hochsprung:First-grade teacher Vicki Leigh Soto, 27 years old, died trying to protect the children she loved, her cousin Jim Wiltsie said.
When the gunfire started on Friday morning, she gathered her students and tried to hide them in a classroom closet, officials told her family.
“In doing so, she put herself between the kids and the gunman’s bullets,” said Mr. Wiltsie, who is a police officer. “That is how she was found. Huddled with her children.” He said he didn’t know if her students were among the dead.
While several teachers naturally tried to protect themselves when they heard the shots, school principal Dawn Hochsprung, 47, and school psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56, ran toward the shots, a school therapist said. Although the circumstances surrounding their deaths are still unclear, Rabbi Shaul Praver, who was at the crime scene, said they were both killed execution style, reports the Telegraph. One teacher says she believes it was the principal who turned on the campus loudspeaker system that alerted school officials there was something going on, allowing them to hide.Rachel Davino and Anne Marie Murphy were heroes:
Rachel Davino and Anne Marie Murphy, both of whom were teachers aides at the school, are two out of the 27 innocent people who were shot and killed due to the Sandy Hook Shooting that took place the morning of December 14, 2012. Many staff members that morning like Rachel Davino, Anne Marie Murphy, Victoria Soto and countless others risked and sacrificed their own lives in order to protect the children that were in danger. It is reported that Rachel Davino took the full force of Adam Lanza’s shooting rampage in an effort to protect as many children as she could. Anne Marie Murphy was found in a classroom where she covering a group of children who died in the tragic shooting.As was Lauren Rousseau:
I am trying very, very hard right now to keep my cynicism in check. But I can't help wondering...
Because the information would be publicly available already, right at the websites of the Wall Street Journal or the LA Times. Would these papers keep those scores in their databases? Would they keep them up only if they were good scores? Would we celebrate the accomplishments of the dead teachers who had higher rankings more than those who had lower rankings?
NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg says he wants these ratings published. He's willing to slash the city's education budget to make it happen.
Someone should ask him: if a teacher dies in the line of duty, should their rating be released? Would he release the ratings of the six heroes above if he could?