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Sandy Hook Elementary School: how do you report on horror?

by | 16th, December 2012

SANDY Hook Elementary School  Newtown, Conn.? How do British newspapers report on the actions of Adam Lanza that led to 27 dead and hundreds of lives scarred? In Britain we stop and stare. This is a foreign news event. But it isn’t entirely. America is the another Britain. We see ourselves. The landscape is familiar. Language matters.

Adam Lanza is dead. He murdered his mother mother Nancy Jean Lanza. He shot dead 20 children. He murdered head teacher Dawn Hochsprung, 47, first grade teacher Victoria Soto, 27, and school psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56.

He used two guns guns registered to his mother. The school was no-gun zone. Adam Lanza forced his way in. Had only the security had guns to keep him out…

We can focus on the goodness

One hero of the madness was Vicki Soto, a young first grade teacher. She placed her body into the line of fire to protect the children.

First grade teacher Kaitlin Roig said she had told her class that she loved them all very much because she feared it would be the last thing they ever heard.

Diane Day, a school therapist, was in a meeting. Another female teacher pressed their body against an unlocked door. Bullets ripped through it, hitting her in the arm and lef. “She was our hero,” said Day.

MaryAnne Jacobs hid 18 first grade children

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