This book will inform you about the unfortunate event that took place in Newtown Connecticut, in 2012

The Newtown Shooting

By Rory Mcnerney

Charlotte Bacon

Daniel Bardon

Olivia Engel

Josephine Gay

Ana M. Marques-Greene

Dylan Hockley

Madaline F. Hsu

Catherine V. Hubbard

Chase Kolwalski

Jesse Lewis

James Mattioli

Grace McDonnell

Emilie Parker

Jack Pinto

Noah Pozner

 

Dedications

Caroline Previdi

Jessica Rekos

Avielle Richman

Benjamin Wheeler

Alison N. Wyatt

Rachel Divino

Dawn Hochsprung

Nancy Lanza

Anne Marie Murphy

Lauren Rousseau

Mary Sherlach

Victoria Soto

 

And all the Familys of victims.

Its hard to believe that more than two full years ago 20 young children and 7 adults lost their lives in one tragic event. December 14, 2012 is a day that will always be remembered, because of one horrific mass shooting

Introduction

 

Newtown is usually a happy, healthy and safe place to live. It was founded in 1711. Newtown was like any normal town or village, everybody knew everybody and were mostly friends.

Newtown is a small town, in Fairfield county. It is in Southeastern Connecticut. It is sixty miles from New York City. Newtown is bordered on the south by Easton and Redding, on the north by Bridgewater and Southbury, on the east by Oxford and Monroe, and on the west by Bethel and Brookfield.

Newtown is made up of five neighborhoods: Borough,Sandy Hook, Hawleyville, Botsford and Dodgingtown. It covers 38,644 acres or 60.38 square miles of Connecticut. About 1973 people live in Newtown.  

About Newtown

Adam Lanza, the twenty year old man who was responsible for this heart breaking event grew up with sensory-integration disorder. This is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.

When he was about ten years old he was diagnosed with asperger syndrome. That is a developmental disorder related to autism. Intelligent children with special needs get it and then they become socially awkward. Adam was raised to be a hunter. His house had as many guns as a military base! His dad would take him hunting, which made him a good shooter.

He was as smart as Albert Einstein. Therefore, he was pulled out of high school at the age of sixteen and went to Western Connecticut State University.

 

About the Shooter

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

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The second classroom was a first grade classroom, taught by Victoria Soto. On her way to lock the door he bursted in shot her, and six of her students. By then Just minutes later police, ambulances, and fire departments reported to the scene. At that moment Adam Lanza decided, he would shoot himself in the head. Another young girl who came running out of the school said to her mother:

“Mommy, I’m okay, but all my friends are dead.” She also described Lanza as “an angry man”

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.  

Even though these children passed away they will live on forever in the hearts of many. Now that you all know about this tragedy that took 27 innocent lives, I hope you involve them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Conclusion