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Slain Principal At Newtown, Conn. School Remembered For Work On Safety

Dawn Hochsprung Remembered At Great Educator Who Protected Her Kids
Dawn Hochsprung

Dawn Hochsprung, principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was among those shot and killed in a massacre on Friday, Dec. 14. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — The principal gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was being remembered Saturday for the safety policies she helped develop before the horrific shooting rampage.

As WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported, the nightmare scenario that unfolded was something Dawn Hochsprung had faced in developing safety policy in her career.

WCBS 880′s Paul Murnane Reports


“These troubled people that take these steps — we need to reach out to them,” said Jerry Stomski, who worked with Hochsprung as the first selectman in the neighboring community of Woodbury. “All of us have a responsibility to do that.”

Stomski called Hochsprung a great educator who died putting herself between children and danger.

People always ask why something was not done before, Stomski said, “and that’s exactly the conversation that her and I had, it’s always after the fact.”

Hochsprung was one of six adults who was killed at the school. The gunman, Adam Lanza, first shot and killed his mother, then drove the car to the school and killed 20 children and the six adults, before turning the gun on himself.

CBS News learned the identities of three students who were killed. They included Anna-Marquez Greene – the daughter of a well-known saxophone player; Emily Parker, who moved to Connecticut with her family just a year ago; and Chase Kowalski, who is survived by his parents Rebecca and Steve. A boy identified as Jesse Lewis, 6, and a first-grade boy so far only identified as Noah were also killed.

1010 WINS Reporter Glenn Schuck has more…


Also among the dead were school psychologist Mary Sherlach, 56, who planned to retire next year, and Vicki Soto, a 27-year-old first-grade teacher.

All victims have been positively identified, but the other identities have not been released, state police said.

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