Normalcy Will Be Forever Altered at Newton Reports Natural Anxiety Relief HQ
Families began a standard day, and left it with permanent scars
Two days prior, students at the Sandy Hook Elementary had been attending a rehearsal of the fourth-grade winter concert. Principal Dawn Hochsprung noted that the young performance were a talent, as she posted a photo on Twitter.
She had shared other photos on twitter as well. One of the book fairy and kindergartens, who were paying a cashier in Janet Volmer's Supermarket Center, which is often utilized in the school as a teaching tool.
Vollmer is someone who loved teaching, and had been doing so for the past 20 years. She stated that children, and the things they would often say, would make her laugh. She said it was often the way in which they would interpret life, she told a newspaper.
On Friday morning, Vollmer to school as she always had for the last 15 years. She did so just like 50 other teachers and 700 students on so many days. Among those who attended the school, Hochsprung, teacher Victoria, and the children Robbie and Alissa Parker, Robert and Diane Licata, and Laura and Nick Phelps.
Little Diana Licata was set to build a gingerbread house with her son Aidens class later that day. She told her husband that he should go as well, as Aiden would love to see Daddy in class.
Robert had planned to be at the school at 2 pm that afternoon.
Nick and Laura Phelps had made plans for a trip to New York; a night without the kids.
Emilie Parker woke up to say goodbye to her father, who worked at the hospital, wishing him well in the Portuguese they practiced together. “bom dia” she said to him before giving him a kiss goodbye.
Normalcy is something that is often taken for granted until it is taken away, which it was for those families.
Hochsprung had a new security system installed earlier in the year, and required all school doors locked by 9:30 am. Visitors had to be identified before being buzzed in.
School began, like all days, with announcements from the PA system. Hochsprung was in a meeting with the vice principal and school psychologist Mary Sherlach when they a “pop, pop, pop”.
She stated that there must have been 100 rounds. “Just shooting and shooting and shooting,” she added, and so she dialed 911.
Hochsprung, Sherlach, and the vice principle all went to see what was happening. Only the vice principal survived the inquiry, shot in the foot during the fray.
According to reports, the PA system was left on during the shooting, meaning that all sounds were amplified.
When the shootings began, library clerk Mary Ann Jacob attempted to call the office. A staffer told her there was in fact a shooting. Jacob followed protocol, but when she found the doors were not locked, she hustled the children in attendance into a back storage room and locked them there.
As Lanza continued his shooting, some described the shooting as the clanging of pots and pans. One teacher thought fairs from the concert had been falling over. Other students thought there were simply things being knocked over. Aiden Licata, who was set to make a gingerbread house, thought someone was using a hammer.
Lanza forced his way into the hallway of the school, where he shot Hochsprung and Sherlach before stepping into two classrooms and systematically killing everyone inside.
Speaking of the scene post-event in one classroom, a law enforcement officer stated, "There were 14 coats hanging there and 14 bodies. He killed them all."
Twenty minutes after the police had been notified, there was an army of police and emergency responders all doing what they could to handle the chaos that Lanza had wrought.
Police escorted the surviving students out of school and asked them to put hands-to-shoulder of the children in front of them. The children, like a long caterpillar, filed out to safety, forever taken aback with horror and confusion about what had happened.
The word of the shooting had spread quickly and parents rushed to the school, hoping their children were among the living. "It was terrifying," said Brendan's father, Sean Murray.
"You're rushing over here, and you can't get to where you need to go," he said, relieved to know his son was safe.
For Diana Licata, the search for her child was almost unbearable. After not seeing her child file out of line, she could not bare the thought of Aiden being lost. Thankfully for Diana, she received a text message telling her Aiden was at the firehouse.
Laura Phelps found her children and held them tighter than she ever had before.
The event will forever be etched in each person affected; however, just because the horrors in life ended does not mean the pain will so easily leave the mind. Many of the parents will relive the terror they felt. Part will be due to their own hauntings of what could have been, and also in what they empathize in those who lost their children. For the children, the future is a confusing mess of emotion and harmful uncertainty. How each will deal with the problems and pain that will afflict the mind is left to be seen, but no life will be the same.
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