Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:19 AM
xchrom (108,575 posts)
after shooting, neighbor took in 6 young survivors
Gene Rosen becomes emotional as he describes, in an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, that after Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he took in six students who were sitting at the end of his driveway who had just run from the school to escape the deadly massacre. Rosen ran upstairs and grabbed an armful of stuffed animals he kept there. He gave those to the children, along with some fruit juice and sat with them as two of the students described seeing their teacher being shot. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Gene Rosen heard the staccato sound of gunfire near his home Friday morning, but dismissed it as a hunter in the nearby woods.
Then, 15 minutes later, as he was heading from his house near Sandy Hook Elementary school to a diner, he saw the children.
There were six of them, small children sitting in a neat semicircle at the end of his driveway. A school bus driver was standing over them, telling them things would be all right. It was about 9:30 a.m., and the children, he discovered, had just run from their school to escape a gunman.
"We can't go back to school," one little boy told Rosen. "Our teacher is dead. Mrs. Soto; we don't have a teacher."
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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:15 PM
Thav (714 posts)
4. "We don't have a teacher."
Those five words speak volumes about the loss those children experienced. They lost their teacher, someone who ranks just shy of their parents in importance in their lives.
I swear I will throat punch anyone who speaks ill of teachers again.