Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:23 PM
michigandem58 (1,044 posts)
Conn. officials: Principal died lunging at gunman
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Town officials in Connecticut say the principal who died in the rampage at an elementary school was killed while lunging at the gunman as she tried to overtake him.
Dawn Hochsprung was gunned down in Friday's massacre in Newtown. Board of Education chairwoman Debbie Liedlien says administrators were coming out of a meeting when the gunman forced his way into the school and ran toward him.
Jeff Capeci (kuh-PEE'-chee) is chairman of the town's Legislative Council. Asked whether Hochsprung is a hero, he says, "From what we know, it's hard to classify her as anything else."
Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Conn-officials-Principal-died-lunging-at-gunman-4120488.php
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Conn. officials: Principal died lunging at gunman (Original post)
|Major Nikon||Dec 2012||#7|
|Uncle Joe||Dec 2012||#9|
Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 02:04 PM
TygrBright (15,336 posts)
3. I do. "Humanity." It's "humanity."
The impulse to do what she did is a HUMAN impulse. Millions of us, in the same situation, would have it and act on it, we are wired to do that.
This doesn't in any way devalue her heroism. Rather, it is a way of linking her heroism to ALL of us, to the BEST in us. It's there.
We spend too much time on the parts of humanity that drive us to do selfish, greedy, destructive shit. All of which is equally human with the heartbreaking, inspiring heroism of this woman.
So, let's celebrate her humanity. She was the best of us. She was what we all can be and do, given that opportunity.
The tragedy is that she was given that opportunity.
The triumph is that she acted heroically human in the face of that opportunity.
I will have her in my heart, where I keep many, many, heroic human beings to meditate on in those moments when I'm overcome with the disgust and despair of the worst of my species.
Response to TygrBright (Reply #3)
Sat Dec 15, 2012, 02:30 PM
Major Nikon (25,000 posts)
7. I'm not so sure
I don't disagree with your premise that many would do the same in the same situation, but the typical human response is one of self preservation and that is indelibly ingrained in all of us. The reality is that most of us just don't know what we would do because few of us are ever in that type of dire situation and fewer still live to explain why. True heroism is the result of a larger purpose taking precedent over self preservation. I'd like to think I have that ability, but I really just don't know for sure. I just hope Dawn Hochsprung lives on in the hearts and minds of people everywhere. She truly was an exceptional human being.