Before he [Adam Lanza] left for Sandy Hook Elementary School he grabbed an AR-15 assault rifle and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza. He His parents were divorced and he lived with his mom, so his father was safe from being attacked.
On his way out the door Adam shoved on fatigues and a military vest. His chest and legs were basically bullet proof while he was wearing this clothing. He was a soldier ready for war. All these were just for take in his home, because as mentioned, he had been raised to be a hunter.
Where was the Shooter Before the Attack
Most of the students were in classrooms, like normal, until Adam showed up. Classes were underway, and about 700 students were present.
Second, third, and fourth graders were towards the back of the building and the shooting area was in the front, so their classes, luckily, wouldn't be entered.
They still needed to be hidden, stay quiet, and evacuate the premises. Although they [second, third, and fourth graders] didn’t witness the event, those who had younger siblings have had a very rough time adjusting to the sudden change.
Where Were Students at This Time
How Did the Shooter get into the School
You’re probably wondering how Adam Lanza got into the school. The school had recently gotten a new security system. The doors were extremely hard to open. So, Adam went to the front of the school and shot a hole in a window so he could climb in.
After gun-shots were heard the Principal, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the Vice Principal, Natalie Hammond, and the school psychologist, Mary Sherlach, went out to see what had happened.
Only Natalie Hammond made it back from the hallway alive. However, she had been shot in the neck. But she was able to call a lockdown and warn fellow faculty members.
At about 9:30am messages went throughout the school letting teachers and students to hide. Children were forced into closets and bathrooms. Unfortunately not all students were saved on time.
The first classroom Adam went into was a kindergarten classroom being taught by Lauren Rousseau. Fourteen children were present. Lauren, and all fourteen children were killed. A young girl and two faculty members report hearing a young boy say:
“Help me! I don’t want to be here!” followed by Lanza saying “Well you're here now.” followed my more gunshots.
What Happened After the Lockdown was
How Has This Changed our Country and Newtown
After this terrible tragedy had a very big impact on Newtown, even the United States. It has brought the people of Newtown closer together and helped tons of people realize how precious life is.
Schools all over the country have updated their security systems, and some even got bullet proof windows.
Many new laws were made about gun control in the US. And permits are now mandatory to purchase a gun.
Where are the Surviving Children Today
Today the surviving students have all been offered full scholarships to Western Connecticut State University. But they are just 8 and 9 years old, so they still have a long way to go.
Sandy Hook Elementary School was shut down after the shooting and will start being rebuilt in 2016.
Since the children needed to learn, they attended Chalk Hill Middle School, in Monroe CT, ever since January, 2013.