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She threw herself in front of the gunman to save her students: Astonishing story of the brave teacher who died protecting children from 'deeply disturbed' killer

  • Victoria Soto, 27, sacrificed herself to save her first grade students by throwing her body in front of gunman Adam Lanza
  • She was a highly regarded member of staff, popular with students and known for chewing gum in class
  • Principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach were also killed execution-style after confronting Lanza

By MICHAEL ZENNIELESLIE LARSON and DAVID MCCORMACK

PUBLISHED: 01:48, 15 December 2012 UPDATED: 18:22, 15 December 2012

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A young teacher displayed astonishing bravery and sacrificed her life saving as many children in her first grade class as she could after she came face-to-face with gunman Adam Lanza.

Victoria Soto, 27, had worked at Sandy Hook Elementary for five years. Her final moments were spent ushering her students into a closet when Lanza entered her classroom and she tried her best to shield the children from the evil gunman. 

Soto was a highly regarded young teacher who was popular with her pupils. One young student, Jacob Riley, told Mailonline that Soto was known for chewing gum in class - something not usually allowed for teachers. He said he had often teased her about her habit and she had playfully teased him back. 

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Passion: Victoria Soto had a passion for education and always knew she wanted to teach

Passion: Victoria Soto had a passion for education and always knew she wanted to teach

Selfless: Victoria Soto threw herself in front of her first grade students and was killed as a result
Victoria Soto

Selfless: Victoria Soto threw herself in front of her first grade students and was killed protecting them

'She took her kids, put them in the closet and by doing so she lost her life protecting those little ones,' Soto's cousin, Jim Wiltsie, told ABC News

'She was found huddled over her children, her students, doing instinctively what she knew was the right thing. I'm just proud that Vicki had the instincts to protect her kids from harm,' he continued. 

'It brings peace to know that Vicki was doing what she loved, protecting the children and in our eyes she's a hero,' he added.

A deeply distraught 10-year-old boy who is a former student of Miss Soto described her as 'really nice and funny.'

 

Three teachers were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School trying to save their students from gunman Lanza, the son of a woman who worked at the school. 

The other two teachers have been identified as principal Dawn Hochsprung, 47, and school psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56.

Twenty-eight people died in the shooting rampage, including 20 young children between the ages of five and ten, alleged gunman Adam Lanza, who took his own life, and his mother, who was shot before the school massacre. 

When Lanza started firing at the school in suburban Newtown, Connecticut, some teachers dove under tables - but Mrs Hochsprung and Mrs Sherlach didn't hesitate. 

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Hero: Vicki Soto, 27, was trying to shield her first grade students from the gunman when she was shot

VIDEO: Vicki Soto's cousin, Jim Wiltsie, tells ABC News about her courage... 

Murderer: Adam Lanza, killed himself after murdering more than two dozen others, including 20 school children

Murderer: Adam Lanza, killed himself after murdering more than two dozen others, including 20 school children

They ran into the hallway to confront the danger and were murdered execution-style as a result. 

Little did she know that Adam had already killed his mother at the home they shared nearby. He took three of her guns and used her car to drive to the school.

Diane Day, a school therapist, told the Wall Street Journal that she and several other teachers were in a meeting with Mrs Hochsprung and Mrs Sherlach when the shooting began. 

'We were there for about five minutes chatting and we heard, "pop pop pop,"' she said. 'I went under the table.'

The principal and the school psychologist had other ideas. They jumped out of their seats and ran toward the sound of the gunfire. 

'They didn’t think twice about confronting or seeing what was going on,' Ms Day said. 

Rabbi Shaul Praver told MSNBC that Mrs Hochsprung and Mrs Sherlach were killed execution-style. 

Tributes for all educators poured in on Friday night. Former school superintendent John Reed told the Connecticut Post that Mrs Sherlach was warm and cared deeply for her students.

'If there ever was a person, by qualifications and personality, to work with children, to be a school psychologist, it was Mary,' he said.

She was married with two grown daughters in their 20s and enjoyed gardening, reading and the theater, according to her school biography.

Heroic: Down Hochsprung confronted the gunman
School psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56, was shot dead by Adam Lanza while trying to save her students

Murdered: Principal Dawn Hochsprung, left, and school psychologist March Sherlach, right, were killed after confronting the Connecticut school gunman 

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Grieving: Jim Wiltsie, the cousin of victim Vicki Soto, said the family finds peace knowing that in her last moments Vicki was caring for her students

Devastation: Sandy Hook Elementary School, home to 700 students, was attacked by a crazed gunman on Friday

Devastation: Sandy Hook Elementary School, home to 700 students, was attacked by a crazed gunman on Friday

Friends and neighbors said it was immediately clear to everyone she knew that she loved her students and her school.

'I don’t think you could find a more positive place to bring students to every day,' she had recently told a local newspaper.

Another tale of heroism came from an eight-year-old student who said a teacher pulled him from the hallway as bullets rang out. 

'I saw some of the bullets going down the hall that I was right next to and then a teacher pulled me into her classroom,' the boy told CBS News

'It sounded like someone was kicking a door,' he said of the piercing sound of the gunfire. 

His relieved mother agreed, saying that the teacher saved her son's life.

Mourning: Newtown residents turned out for memorial ceremonies on Friday night across the city - including at Lima Roman Catholic Church

Mourning: Newtown residents turned out for memorial ceremonies on Friday night across the city - including at Lima Roman Catholic Church



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Autism has nothing to do with becoming a psychotic mass murderer. Parents with autistic children have enough to deal with without having the disorder demonized by this tragedy.
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They are saying on MSNBC that the shooter may have had a personality disorder and/or autism......
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Originally posted by stardaqueenb23 stardaqueenb23 wrote:

Autism has nothing to do with becoming a psychotic mass murderer. Parents with autistic children have enough to deal with without having the disorder demonized by this tragedy.

this, its disgusting how they're treating the situation.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guidette Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 15 2012 at 1:16pm
Originally posted by stardaqueenb23 stardaqueenb23 wrote:

Autism has nothing to do with becoming a psychotic mass murderer. Parents with autistic children have enough to deal with without having the disorder demonized by this tragedy.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (4) Thanks(4)   Quote eanaj5 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Dec 15 2012 at 1:19pm
smh the more i think about this the angrier i get. our boys/men should be feared because they have to fight for survival in America but johnny has everything he could want and more plus privilege and he still goes and takes 26 innocent lives? Who's really the monster here?
the fcking irony...
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this guy is a terrorist ! 
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Originally posted by stardaqueenb23 stardaqueenb23 wrote:

Autism has nothing to do with becoming a psychotic mass murderer. Parents with autistic children have enough to deal with without having the disorder demonized by this tragedy.

this, its disgusting how they're treating the situation.
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Originally posted by Lilaca Lilaca wrote:

this guy is a terrorist ! 
Yep!! that sums it up!
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his brothers rebuttals on facebook were really weird to me...im not saying he's involved but his language was just strange.
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