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The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

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One of the most horrific tragedies that could ever happen in one of our nation’s elementary schools occurred on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. Around 9:30 a.m. a heavily armed lone gunman, blasted his way through a window located to the right of the front door of Sandy Hook Elementary school using a Bushmaster .223 caliber rifle. It only took six .223-caliber bullets to shatter enough glass to create a hole big enough for him to enter through. The name of this lone gunman was 20 year old Adam Lanza, a former student at Sandy Hook. In addition to his rifle, Adam also brought with him, two pistols (a Glock and a Sauer); which he kept inside a pair of military-style cargo pants he was wearing. He was also wearing a utility vest that contained ten magazine with thirty rounds each in its pockets. Once inside the school he entered the school’s main office and nurse’s office. He did not see the staff members who had been hiding, so he headed back out into the hallway.
One of the people who was in hiding was the school’s secretary Barbara Halstead. After Adam had left the offices, she received several phone calls from staff members who had heard the gun shots from when he shot out the door. She was able to alert them and let them know that there was a gunman in the building, and advised them to go into lockdown. She also received a call from one of a student’s parents who was calling about a completely different matter. She informed the parent that there was a gunman in the school, and he was shooting. The entire time she was taking these phone calls, the schools intercom system was on. Prior to Adam’s entrance she was making morning announcements, and never had a chance to shut it off. She did not realize this until she received a call from the school’s librarian letting her know. Barbara told the librarian about the gunman. The librarian alerted the fourth graders who were in the library, and let them know they were in lockdown. She had them sit on the floor in one of the library’s corners and...

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